Judge Sentences Man Who Collected From Dead Father

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HAZLETON — A Luzerne County judge handed down a sentence Wednesday for a man from Hazleton charged with fraud.

Joseph Yesvetz, 57, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for filing a false claim meant to help those dealing with work related health injuries.

Authorities said Yesvetz filed a claim on behalf of his father who died in 2001 then collected the money himself.

In addition to jail time, Yesvetz must pay $150,000 in restitution.