2009-08-20 / Local & State

Pa. Man Gets Over 5 Years For Workers' Comp Fraud

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of stealing nearly $650,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania county's workers' compensation fund has been sentenced to serve five years and 10 months in federal prison.

A judge also ordered 48-yearold Charles Costanzo of Dunmore on Thursday to pay restitution of more than $500,000.

Costanzo administered the Lackawanna County workers' compensation fund from May 2004 to September 2007. Prosecutors say he wired funds directly from that account to his personal bank account.

Defense lawyer Joshua Lock argued during the trial that Costanzo was entitled to the money that prosecutors said he stole because they were "fees.'' The jury rejected that argument.

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