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Energy execs charged with stealing streetlight money

By , - Last modified: February 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Two executives of a Lackawanna County company, Municipal Energy Managers Inc., have been charged with theft. They are accused of taking money to purchase streetlights for the Borough of Coplay but then pocketing the money.

According to a press release from the Lehigh County District Attorney's office, Robert J. Kearns, president of Municipal Energy Managers, and Patrick McLaine, secretary and treasurer of the firm, have been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and conspiracy for taking $160,182 from Coplay.

According to the charges, the two executives entered into an agreement in April 2009 to purchase streetlights within the borough from PPL Corp. It is alleged that the firm did no work, did not purchase the streetlights and spent all of the money.

The District Attorney's offices noted that on Jan. 11, a jury in Northampton County convicted the two men on charges related to a similar incident in Bethlehem Township.

They were convicted of felony theft for stealing $800,000 from Bethlehem Township for purchasing the township's streetlights from PPL and instead wrote checks to themselves after they received the funds.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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