Former Scranton Housing Director Escapes Jail Time

Former Scranton Housing Director Escapes Jail Time

The former head of the Scranton Housing Authority will spend one year on probation after being sentenced Tuesday.
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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