L’waxen Gets Update On
Recovery Of Missing Funds
LACKAWAXEN — In response to public questions, Township Supervisor Bob Cocchi gave an update on the pending $222,242 embezzlement (of township funds) case against former Lackawaxen Township Secretary-Treasurer Shawn Roe. Cocchi fielded questions at last week’s regular township meeting, which was held at the township building on Urban Road.
The Commonwealth versus Shawn Roe case, brought by Pennsylvania State Police, is prosecuted by Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin’s office. The case is in the discovery process, according to Roe’s attorney, Michael Weinstein. He said that following discovery the judge would set a trial date at the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.
Meanwhile, Cocchi reported that the township bonding company agreed to reimburse the township for $210,000 of the missing $222,242. The company also agreed to reimburse $23,500 for the auditing services bill. The bonding company did not agree to reimburse the township solicitor’s legal services bill.
Cocchi noted that the township is continuing to negotiate to recover all of the lost money from the bonding company. The bonding company would go seek restitution from Roe... for complete story, get this week's issue.