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FBI and State Police Raid Clerk of Court's Office

Just one day before he is expected to resign, officials with the FBI and State Police raided Stephen Lukach Junior's office. Lukach is under investigation for allegedly using taxpayer money for his own use.
Pottsville, Schuylkill County -     FBI and officials with the State Police set up shop in the Schuylkill County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

They were there to search the office of Stephen Lukach, Junior.

"It's not an every day occurrence,"  Mari Casey, the First Assistant District Attorney in Schuylkill county said referring to their presence in the courthouse.

Lukach, who is currently the Clerk of Courts in Schuylkill County, is accused of taking taxpayers dollars and using them for his own use.

Schuylkill County District Attorney, Christine Holman said one of the accounts in question contains hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"I do know the bail account contains hundreds of thousands of dollars," she said. "We are talking about large sums of money."

According to a search warrant obtained by Eyewitness News authorities searched Lukach's office looking for items including financial reports and Lukach's iPhone that was bought with county money.

Holman said to the best of her knowledge Lukach hadn't been in the office since last Friday.

"We had information over the weekend that there were only two individuals that were in the courthouse," she said.

It took authorities about three hours to search Lukach's office. When they were done they left with handcarts of boxes. The contents of those boxes will seal Lukach's fate.

"There are no charges yet," Holman said. "Once we find out what's on the computer, in the locked drawers, we'll be able to determine that."

Eyewitness News stopped by Lukach's home Wednesday afternoon, but no one answered the door.

Holman said there's no timetable on when charges could be filed, but she said they would come through federal or state authorities.
   
Lukach is expected to resign Thursday.

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