By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Two men fighting a prison sentence for bilking one Pennsylvania town out of $800,000 in a streetlight scam will spend seven years on probation for costing another municipality $160,000.

A Lehigh County judge last week sentenced 70-year-old Patrick McLaine and 53-year-old Robert Kearns who had pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy involving a street light deal for the Allentown suburb of Coplay in 2009.

Their company, Municipal Energy Managers, was supposed to maintain borough street lights so Coplay could get grants to install energy-saving LED lights. Instead, prosecutors say the men wrote themselves large bonus checks but did nothing to fulfill the contract.

The men are currently appealing six-month jail sentences for a similar scam that cost Bethlehem Township $832,000, and have served house arrest for similar scams in Bucks and Cumberland counties.

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