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A Tale of Two Cities

October 16th, 2013

PITTSTON Arraigned – SUNBURY Running for Mayor

Fred Desanto of Pittston and David L Persing of Sunbury

Fred Desanto – Pittston and David L Persing – Sunbury

Pittston is a township in Luzerne County.
Sunbury is a city in Northumberland County.

Fred DeSanto is the former executive director of Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.
David L. Persing is the current Mayor of Sunbury.

DeSanto has been involved with Pittston Little League Baseball for many years.
Persing has been involved with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of PA and with softball in Sunbury for many years.

Pittston Township Little League Baseball is played at the Fred DeSanto Stadium.
Sunbury Softball is played at the David L. Persing Sports Complex.

DeSanto is accused of using Sanitary Authority employees to work for the local Little League program and at Pittston Township Recreation Association events on company time.
Persing uses City workers to work for the ASA softball program in the city, preparing and maintaining the softball fields.

Desanto is accused of stealing services from the Sanitary Authority over a period of 20 years.
Persing has been making use of services from the City Council for a period of 24 years.

Desanto is accused of using the Sanitary Authority mail machine to send mail related to Little League.
Persing has been using equipment and resources belonging to the City Parks Department to prepare for ASA tournaments, has been regularly using CDBG Grants (money supposedly for the benefit of the poorest members of the community) to finance improvements to the David L. Persing sports complex and using City funds to pay electric bills for lighting and for materials such as Diamondtex Dirt for infields.

It is estimated that DeSanto stole more than $30,000 worth of services.
The value of the contribution to Persing for softball by Sunbury taxpayers through the City Administration is estimated to be many times this figure.

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority received no compensation from DeSanto.
We have found no evidence of the City receiving compensation from Persing.

Desanto has been arraigned on a criminal felony charge and is currently out on bail awaiting trial.
Persing is running for a further 4 year term as Mayor of Sunbury.

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