Pannunzio says he still doesn’t know focus of FBI probe

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WILKES-BARRE — No longer working out of City Hall and back in his office, attorney Dominick Pannunzio said he’s wrapping up his work to provide documents subpoenaed as part of a criminal investigation into the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union.

Pannunzio had been going through files and retrieving documents to photocopy and hand over to comply with the subpoena served nearly two weeks ago by FBI agents at the credit union.

“I’ve got them all together,” he said Tuesday by phone from his Dupont office.

The paperwork, which he said was not extensive, will be available within a couple days. If archived material is needed, it will take a little longer to get those documents, he said.

The subpoena sought information connected to members of the credit union, but Pannunzio declined to identify them.

He reiterated that he is still in the dark about the probe.

“I have no idea till this day what that investigation is about,” Pannunzio said.

The probe is one of a number of corruption-related investigations under way around the city and Luzerne County, Sean Quinn, director of the FBI’s Scranton office, previously said.

The credit union, which is not a city-run operation, was “an entity we happened upon in the course of other investigations,” Quinn said.

The suicide of James Payne, 50, the longtime manager of the credit union, added to the intrigue of the investigation. Payne’s body was found in a Bear Creek Township residence on March 10, the same day the credit union’s board held a meeting about the subpoena and FBI agents visited its first-floor office.

As Pannunzio was working out the city clerk’s office, auditors from the National Credit Union Administration also were at the credit union.

Last week, John Fairbanks, a spokesman for the NCUA, an independent federal agency based in Alexandria, Va., that regulates credit union, confirmed there was an ongoing investigation and the agency was closely monitoring the situation.

He said the deposits are insured by the National Credit Share Insurance Fund.

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