House Arrest for Former Township Manager in Theft Case

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WILKES-BARRE -- A former township manager in Luzerne County was sentenced Monday morning for stealing money from the township.

Richard Zika pleaded guilty in April to stealing $160,000 from Newport Township while he was a township manager between 2008 and 2016.

Zika was sentenced to 24 months house arrest and is paying back the money.

So far, he still owes the Newport Township about $45,000.


  • think positive

    No jail time for this man? So this judge must be saying that it’s not that big of a deal to steal $160,000. I hope this greedy thief realizes how lucky he is, since all the other thieves in the news get jail time for stealing much less than he did.

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