Michael Pasonick, one of three dozen people snared in a multi-year, multi-county public corruption scandal, has been released from prison, but he won’t be able to resume work in his lifelong profession.
The state Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists has suspended Pasonick’s license for seven years. The board also ordered Pasonick, 71, of Wilkes-Barre, to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and to attend and successfully complete at least five hours of remedial education on ethics.
Pasonick, who had been a principal at Pasonick Engineering, was sentenced last year to one year in federal prison for bribing a school board official in Luzerne County and was ordered to pay a fine of $250,000. He was jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn before he was released April 26, according to federal Bureau of Prison records.
Federal prosecutors say Pasonick paid more than $1,000 to the school board member, who has not been identified, to reward the board member for supporting Pasonick’s attempt to be named the engineer for a new school the district was planning. The criminal complaint against Pasonick said the payment was made between January and June 2007, but does not identify the school district or provide any additional details.
Pasonick Engineering has since changed its name to Penn Eastern Engineers and Pasonick is no longer affiliated with the firm.
Other state boards also took action recently on licensed local professionals, including:
• The state Board of Medicine assessed a $5,000 civil penalty against Dr. Feroz Sheikh, of Mountain Top, based on findings he altered patient charts and failed to maintain complete and legible patient records.
• The state Board of Nursing suspended the license of Kristyn Marie Hischak, of Wapwallopen, for no less than three years retroactive to June 4, 2012, based on findings she violated the terms of a previous board order.
• The state Board of Cosmetology assessed an $1,800 civil penalty against Tranquility Styling Studio, of Plains Township, because the business offered cosmetology services in an unlicensed area, changed physical dimensions of the salon area without permission from the board, provided massage services in the salon and failed to obtain proper permits and to assure compliance with applicable building codes prior to providing services in the basement of the salon.