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Taxpayers demand action in suspicious gas pumping case involving Pa. mayor

Some Wilkes-Barre taxpayers say they are tired of waiting for local prosecutors to determine whether a crime occurred when thousands of gallons of gasoline was pumped from the city’s public works yard without proper documentation — some of it used by the mayor.

One local activist wants Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to look into the fuel issue, worried that Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has intentionally extended her investigation or has been compromised by a potential conflict of interest within her office.

Charlotte Raup, the leader of Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition, penned a letter to Kane last week asking the state’s top law enforcement official to intervene as Salavantis enters her 19th month looking into the matter.

“The citizens of Wilkes-Barre would like to let you know that corruption did not stop in Luzerne County; It is alive and well,” Raup wrote to Kane.

The AG’s office declined to comment.

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