Former Scranton Housing Director Escapes Jail Time

Scranton, Lackawanna County - The former head of the Scranton Housing Authority has escaped jail time after being sentenced Tuesday morning.

David Baker will spend one year on probation and pay a fine of more than $3,000 after being sentenced at the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

Late last year, Baker entered an Alford Guilty Plea to charges of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

An "Alford Guilty Plea" is similar to a no contest plea. It means he did not admit guilt but said there was enough evidence against him.

In 2008, Baker was originally charged with a 16-count indictment which included charges of bribery and fraud. He was accused of misusing $300,000 in federal funding at the Park Gardens Apartment Complex in Scranton.

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