Authorities Raid Home of Former Wyoming Mayor

WYOMING, Pa. -- State police raided the home of a former Wyoming borough mayor.

On Friday, authorities raided the home of Bob Boyer, who served as mayor of the borough for 12 years. He also was the chairman of the Luzerne County Democratic party for a year and a half.

State police agents from the computer crimes unit removed a computer hard drive from Boyer's home and a laptop computer.

Newswatch 16 has confirmed that state police got the search warrant Friday morning.

According to the search warrant, police believe "Robert Boyer was engaged in the criminal activities of at least attempted violations of the PA State Ethics Act."

Newswatch 16 first reported in February on the apparent conflict of interest when in 2017, Boyer, as mayor, signed off on a $440,000 casino grant application that would expand and renovate the West Wyoming Hose Company.

That hose company provides ambulance service to Wyoming borough.

Boyer is listed by the hose company as the preferred caterer at the banquet hall, and Boyer's Facebook page lists the banquet hall as the address of his catering business.

Boyer said he did nothing wrong and that state police are getting back at him for what he calls, "exposing a case of police corruption in the area."

Boyer said the raid was a case of state police retaliation because he recently testified against a police officer he believed was corrupt.  Boyer would not say who the officer was or what agency the officer worked for.

This is the third time this year state police have seized computers and records from current and former Wyoming borough officials.

In January, agents took computers and files from the private office of borough manager Tamra Smith. She happens to be Boyer's girlfriend.

On Tuesday afternoon, police took the computer from the police SUV used by police commissioner Michael Flanagan. Sources say the same computer has been missing from Laflin borough since 2014.

It is not clear if these three events are related.

Boyer was defeated in his re-election bid last fall. The man who defeated boyer in the race for mayor in December, Joe Dominic, says Boyer's criticism of him and of the state police show the ex-mayor is in serious trouble.

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