Bethlehem’s previous finance director charged in thefts from town | Lehigh Valley Regional Information

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem’s now-former funds and finance director is accused of making use of metropolis dollars to get 1000’s of dollars worth of electronics, then reselling them and pocketing the cash.

Mark Sivak, who was fired from his metropolis place previous week amid the investigation, is facing felony rates of theft, receiving stolen house and two other counts, introduced the Northampton County district lawyer on Thursday.

Authorities allege the 44-yr-old purchased cell phones from the city’s account, as element of his function in distributing mobile phones to town staff, but as a substitute of distributing them, he resold them and pocketed the money.

Documents demonstrate he sold a total of 31 town cell telephones between 2019 and April 2022, for a complete of $12,630, the DA reported.

Sivak also admitted to ordering other electronics, really worth about $2,500, from the city’s Verizon account, and maintaining them for himself, the DA said. Individuals items included VR headsets, a speaker, an Apple iphone and far more.

The investigation started in January of this calendar year when the city controller noticed uncommon action in a city-owned financial institution account, and inevitably located withdrawals from the town account into Sivak’s personalized financial institution account. Sivak originally informed law enforcement he sells applied electronics and has the third-social gathering reseller send payments to the city’s PayPal to stay away from spending taxes on individuals objects.

Further investigation uncovered the mobile telephones have been requested from the city’s account, officers said.

The mayor’s business released a assertion immediately after the rates have been declared Thursday.

“…I am not sure how Mr. Sivak slept at evening,” the assertion explained, in portion. “We are offended in the Mayor’s Office environment, but we have only been in this article a number of months. Amongst City Hall personnel who have worked with him for decades, the violation of believe in and stage of anger is much increased.”

Mayor J. William Reynolds took office environment in January. He reported his business office has and will keep on to help in the investigation.

Sivak is anticipated to change himself in to Bethlehem police afterwards Thursday, the DA claimed.

In accordance to his general public LinkedIn web page, Sivak had worked as the city’s Finance Director since March 2007.