more illegal orders 1904
- - 3 on his oc It i a ) A. in - ANOTHER ARREST IN DURYEA CASE Councilman Krupinsky Un der Bail for Court. IS CHARGED WITH FRAUD Additional Testimony Produced Be fore the Council Last Evening Showing How Unscrupulous Men Trafficked in Illegal Orders. Another arrest was made last even ing in connection with the Duryea financial investigation, Councilman Peter Krupinsky being placed undo bail to answer the charge of cashing a fraudulent borough order. As a re suit of the arrest of ex - Street Commis sioner Moleski on Tuesday night, the interest in the hearing last evening was greater than ever, and the little room in which the investigation was conducted was densely crowded with borough officials and citizens. Presi dent Joseph Freeman presided and Attorney W. H. Gillespie again ex amined the witnesses in behalf of th council. Some important testimony was giv en by Dr. Burlington that will be o use in prosecuting ex - Street Commis sioner Moleski. Dr. Burlington tcsti fled that he had purchased a number of borough orders in the past year and had always turned them over to the council to see whether they were good. About six weeks ago ho pur chased a road order from Mike Mo leski that was payable to Joseph Kondrnkowich for five days' work on the streets, amounting to 37.50; that Moleski indorsed the order in his presence and also wrote the Kondra kowich's name on the back of the or der in his presence. Moleski, at previous meeting, testified that ho had never signed or indorsed it. Dr. Bur lington also ter - lified that ho had pur chased a whole bundle of borougl road orders from Moleski, amounting to over $100. that were payable to various persons, but he did not hesi tate in taking them, as he though that they were a.ll good; that Moleski owed him a $30 doctor bill and that he had deducted the said bill from the amount of the orders and paid Mo leski the balance; that Moleski in dorsed every one of the orders in his presence.. f Peter Krupinski identified an order as one that he had signed and cashed, but could not recall anything about the man whom had signed it over to him, as he alleged. Simon Bartuski testified to havin done five days work on tho street and having received one order for $7 for the work. He was positive he had done no other work and could not account fr two orders, one for and nie tor $.o(), Hearing ins name which were shown to him. Isaiah Kresge, who bought up a large batch of borough orders at a discount of ten per cent , was a v. - i ne&s and told a long story. Among other things he said: "The high con stable, John Shukwitz, came to my house a stranger and introduced him self, presenting an order for me to buy. I refused as the order was ao: signed as the other orders had been that, I had previously purchased. Shukwitz claimed on his word of hon or that the order was all o. is.. i thought he was a man of his word and could be believed, as he was an official, so I cashed tho order, when Shukwitz squeezed my hands and kissed them. I bought all the orders that were offered to me if they had the borough seal and were properly signed, and always charged 10 per cent. Bowen came to my house ana notified mo that some of the orders were bad and that I should not buy any more, and I did not. Bowen and Rodgers came to my house later and I wanted them to sign the orders so that I could get the money on them, but they refused, saying they wen. no good. Then I wanted them to mark across the face of each order 'no mon ey in the treasury, anu was wining to wait for the money, but they again refused and Bowen said he 'would see me in h ' before he would sign hem. I do not remember the exact persons from whom i received an oi the orders, as some of them I think I received in the milk wagon in part payment for milk from some of my customers. I bought several orders from Frank Krushinsky and I think the Joe Kondola orders were given to ine by him. I do not know hardly any of the people to whom the orders were payable, but I was not afraid to cash them as long as the borough seat was on them." John Robojcski testified that he never worked on the street, yet there was an order bearing bis name. After the council had adjourned Chief of Police Cosgrove placed Councilman Peter Krupinsky under arrest, on a warrant sworn out uy uurgess Warren, charging with defrauding the borough out of $24 on an illegal order made payable to William R. Jones, oi West Pittston, who alleges that his name was forged to the order. Krupinsky was placed under $1,000 bail by 'Squire Gilboy for his appearance at court.