2008-12-11 / Local & State

Secret Service Ends Probe Into County Debit Cards

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service has concluded its probe into the possible misuse of debit cards by Luzerne County officials.

The agency has turned over the results of its investigation to federal prosecutors in Scranton for review.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Kosik-Whitaker says prosecutors are reviewing the report to determine whether any crimes were committed.

The Secret Service began its investigation a year ago after revelations that several county employees used the cards to make questionable purchases.

The deputy warden at the Luzerne County prison charged $71 to his debit card at a Las Vegas strip club. He kept his job after saying he had meant to put the charge on his personal card.

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