Scranton City Council Head Evans Met with FBI

The head of Scranton City Council Wednesday was in the office of the FBI.

Janet Evans met with FBI agents for nearly two hours Wednesday, but before she stepped outside the court she said, “I cannot talk about it.”

Once outside the courthouse Evans avoided our cameras and headed back inside the federal courthouse where cameras are not allowed.

So why would evans be testifying? Without answers from her or the FBI it’s hard to tell.

Evans has been a member of the Scranton City Council for six years and has influence on and access to virtually all city contracts. There is no word if her visit with federal agents is related to any of the on-going corruption probes.

Also in federal court Wednesday was a mix ruling for Lackawanna County Commissioner A.J. Munchak, who was indicted on federal corruption charges two weeks ago. A federal judge ruled against Munchak’s efforts to release the names of the nine companies federal prosecutors claim paid bribes and kickbacks to win county contracts. Munchak’s attorney, Chris Powell, said keeping the names of those companies under wraps only makes it harder to prepare his defense.

As part of the judge’s order, prosecutors verbally told Powell and Munchak the names of the company, even though those businesses are not yet public record. Those companies had contracts on the renovation of the Lackawanna County courthouse, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and plans to build a mass transit hub in downtown Scranton. Powell would only say those unnamed companies are all based in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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