Additional Credit Union Fraud Charges and Firearms Violations Filed Against Leo Glodzik
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Scranton filed a superseding indictment charging Leo Glodzik, age 44, of Wilkes-Barre with additional counts of bank fraud and false statements. In a separate indictment, Glodzik is charged with unlawful possession of three firearms in August 2014.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the new fraud charges are part of a continuing investigation involving the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union. Glodzik allegedly aided in the making of a false statement by using a fraudulent check drawn on a closed bank account as collateral for a $3,500 loan from the credit union to a co-defendant in July 2013.
In a separate indictment, the grand jury charged Glodzik with unlawful possession of three firearms in August 2014, specifically, a shotgun and two rifles. According to the indictment, Gladzik was allegedly a convicted felon at the time, as a result of a previous conviction on a state charge of theft. No additional charges were brought against other co-defendants in the pending credit union bank fraud conspiracy case which is now part of the superseding indictment. Yesterday the government filed a plea agreement with one of the co-defendants, Tino Ninotti, which is subject to the approval of the court.
The indictments are part of a continuing investigation by the Scranton Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute for the firearm charge is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for the bank fraud charge is 30 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $1 million fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.