- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor says the mayor of an eastern Pennsylvania borough facing charges he stole $8,000 from a fire company social club must resign from office if he wants to be recommended for a diversionary program.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Tuesday that Nazareth Mayor Carl Strye Jr.’s application for a first-time offender program would be endorsed by prosecutors if he paid restitution and resigned.

Strye applied for a diversionary program last week that would allow him to avoid a criminal record in the case that accuses the 54-year-old of stealing money from Vigilance Hose Company’s social club while serving as its president from 1987 to 2013.

Strye didn’t return messages seeking comment. His attorney couldn’t immediately be reached.

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