WILKES-BARRE — On top of criminal charges and an upcoming deposition in a federal court case, add unpaid taxes to the list of problems facing Leo A. Glodzik III.
The state Thursday filed a $519,204 lien against Glodzik, saying he has not paid taxes on his personal income since 2006.
He owes $371,603 in taxes plus $147,565 in penalties and interest and the $36 filing fee paid by the state, according to the lien. The next highest amount owed in the county was $336,066 by Super Luxury Tours Inc. of Wilkes-Barre, according to the state.
Glodzik declined comment Friday when reached by phone.
The lien was the latest legal issue for Glodzik, 42, since the city suspended his towing contract last month after the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office filed theft charges against him.
He’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month in the case, but before that he’s to give a deposition on Wednesday in a pending civil suit against him and the city over the sale of the former Old River Road Bakery property.
A subpoena issued through the U. S. Middle District Court, Scranton earlier this month ordered him to appear for the deposition at the law offices of attorney Cynthia Pollick in Pittston. She represents Tyler and Antonia Hammond of Wilkes-Barre in the suit.
Glodzik representing himself
Glodzik is representing himself after attorney Thomas Ford of Wilkes-Barre received approval from U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion to withdraw on May 1.
Mannion gave Glodzik until May 31 to secure counsel, but the case docket indicated he’s acting on his own behalf.
Ford withdrew, saying Glodzik ” has created an adversarial relationship with (him) by, among other things, threatening legal process against (him).”
The attorney, who last year represented Glodzik in a civil case brought by the Citizens’ Voice for access to documents pertaining to his towing contract with the city, did not return a message left Friday at his office.
Glodzik retained attorney Joseph Sklarosky to represent him in the criminal case. A message left for Sklarosky Friday was not returned.
When the charges were filed on May 31, Sklarosky challenged them, calling them “bogus.”
The district attorney’s office alleged Glodzik was caught in an FBI sting operation taking $2,100 in cash left in a Cadillac he towed to the garage of his company, LAG Towing, on Carey Avenue on Jan. 29.
An undercover state trooper, acting as the head of a drug task force, called for the tow of the vehicle seized in a drug arrest and informed Glodzik that there was money in the ashtray, according to the affidavit of probable cause to support the charges.
A few days before the tow, Glodzik asked the trooper what was done with money in vehicles that were seized, the affidavit said. Glodzik “indicated with a combination of verbal and hand gestures” that the trooper could leave any money found inside the vehicle and they would later share it, the affidavit said.
After towing the Cadillac, Glodzik took the money from the ashtray and counted out $1,100 for the trooper and kept the rest, the affidavit said.
Suspended by Leighton
The day the charges were filed, Mayor Tom Leighton suspended Glodzik’s annual $50,050 contract on the grounds that he violated the terms of the exclusive agreement LAG had since 2005 to tow vehicles for the city. Up until Glodzik was charged the mayor had been investigating complaints against LAG and was in the process of determining whether the contract had been violated.
Glodzik has a house in the city on Morgan Drive that is in foreclosure proceedings, but the charges listed his address as Foote Avenue, Duryea. The state lien contained the address for LAG on Carey Avenue.
As a city resident, Glodzik would be required to pay Wilkes-Barre’s 3 percent wage tax. But city spokeswoman Liza Prokop declined to say whether Glodzik complied.
“We’re not going to comment on any one specific taxpayer,” she said.