Company owner Leo Glodzik was found guilty of theft charge

Last updated: May 16. 2014 11:29PM - 3737 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Nearly a year after the city suspended the towing contract of Leo A. Glodzik III, a decision may be near on terminating it.
A jury Thursday in Luzerne Count Court found him guilty of one count of theft and acquitted him on another count, the same charges that led Mayor Tom Leighton to suspend the $50,050 annual contract for Glodzik's LAG Transport Inc.
On Friday city spokeswoman Liza Prokop said LAG's contract is under review and a decision is pending. “There are certain legalities that surround every contract,” she said.
She held off on setting a date. “There isn't a time frame,” Prokop said.
An independent arbitrator sided with the mayor in January, ruling he was on solid ground and saying a final decision rested on the outcome of the criminal case.
“In the event any disposition other than an innocent verdict results from said criminal charges, the Mayor will have good cause upon which to terminate the contract,” former Luzerne County Judge attorney Lewis Wetzel wrote in his decision.
Glodzik, 43, of Wilkes-Barre, was awarded the exclusive contract for the city in 2005. Based on his performance, the city amended the five-year contract in 2009 and extended it until 2015. However, complaints about alleged price gouging and failing to provide records to city council prompted calls for terminating his contract.
But when the county District Attorney's Office charged Glodzik on May 31, 2013, with theft, Leighton issued a “suspension permanent in nature” and hired Falzone Towing Service Inc. for a temporary contract at a monthly rate of $4,701. Over the past 12 months, Falzone will have paid the city $50,050, equal to the LAG's contract.
Glodzik was charged in a sting operation with stealing $2,100 from a Cadillac he towed as part of a purported drug arrest in January 2013. The district attorney's office said Glodzik provided $1,100 in cash taken from the vehicle's ashtray to an undercover state trooper working with the FBI and kept the rest.
Glodzik is free pending his sentencing on the felony theft charge by Judge Lesa S. Gelb on July 11.

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