- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A judge has rejected a bid by a former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief for a new sentence on a conviction of using about $10,000 from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration fund at casinos.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/2gq7JIp ) reports that Judge Gary Gilman on Wednesday denied a motion to throw out the three- to 12-month sentence imposed on 67-year-old John Pushak.

The former Cecil Township police chief was convicted in June of theft, failure to make a required disposition of funds and misapplication of entrusted property.

Prosecutors said he made ATM withdrawals from the department’s federal property account and used that to gamble at two casinos between 2010 and 2013. By the time Pushak resigned in 2013, he had repaid the money meant for drug investigations and police equipment.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com


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