GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A township supervisor in Lackawanna County is in trouble with the law tonight.
Federal officials have charged both Bruce Evans Sr. and his son, Bruce Evans Jr., with a number of crimes.
The indictment was just unsealed Tuesday.
Bruce Evans Sr. is currently a Greenfield Township supervisor.
He also used to be the manager of the township’s sewer authority.
He’s now charged with using the sewer authority’s money for his own personal gain at the same time customers are being hit with a big increase in their bills.
Greenfield Township is a small, sleepy community in northern Lackawanna County.
Homeowners are angry right now.
Their sewer bills have just tripled with very little notice.
“I got it on the 11th and they said it was due on the 15th!” Joe Dunstone of Greenfield Township said. “I didn’t like it!”
Residents like Joe Dunstone knew something wasn’t right.
“There’s something going on in the township. It’s controlled by the ‘good ‘ol boys,” Dunstone said.
Enter federal prosecutors.
Township supervisor Bruce Evans Sr. and his son, Bruce Evans Jr. have just been hit with a 13-count indictment.
Both men had connections to the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority.
The father-son pair is not only accused of illegally disposing of sewage but Evans Sr., the former sewer authority manager, also allegedly used money for a personal cell phone and tablet.
He is also accused of paying for gas for his personal vehicle with sewer authority money.
“This gentleman, and I use that word (shakes head) has done nothing but raped the township, the sewer authority and everything else,” Robert Warren of Greenfield Township said.
Robert Warren has lived in Greenfield Township most of his life.
He’s angry the fallout from the sewer authority’s mismanagement is now costing him.
“He will come to the next supervisors meeting and act like nothing happened,” Warren said. “You better believe I will be there!”
Both Bruce Evans Sr. and Bruce Evans Jr. entered not guilty pleas in federal court last week before the indictment against them was even made public.
In a statement, the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority says Bruce Evans Sr. hasn’t been associated with them for more than a year and the agency is cooperating with federal and state officials.
This isn’t the first black eye for the township’s sewer authority.
The facility’s former engineer was charged with federal crimes in 2016 and just pleaded guilty last month.