Published: Friday, March 20, 2009
Updated: Friday, March 20, 2009 6:45 AM EDT
A Scranton woman has been convicted of looting her dead fatherís estate of more than $150,000.
A jury found Joanne R. Pilchesky, 56, of Scranton, guilty on Wednesday at the Erie County Courthouse, said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the state attorney generalís office.
Mrs. Pilchesky was convicted of one count of theft by unlawful taking, a third-degree felony. She faces up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine, but Mr. Frederiksen said typical prison sentences for the crime are nine to 16 months.
Prosecutors will seek full restitution of the $155,000 she took from the estate of her father, Raymond Conrad, who died in an Erie nursing home in September 2005.
Mrs. Pilchesky is the wife of Joseph Pilchesky. They operate a vitriolic Internet message board that attacks Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and other local political figures.
According to court documents, she was arrested in October 2007 after a grand jury indictment. Mrs. Pilchesky was one of five estranged children and had little contact with her father until he suffered an aneurysm in 2002 or 2003.
As he recuperated from surgery, she visited regularly and eventually persuaded him to grant her power of attorney over his estate ó a power he had already granted his niece.
That gave her access to her fatherís three bank accounts. The money in them was supposed to be for his care, and her power of attorney was to expire when he died.
But after he died, Mrs. Pilchesky never notified his banks of his death and withdrew nearly all the money.
By the time the banks learned of Mr. Conradís death, his daughter had transferred $152,755.09 to her own accounts. Authorities said she had no authority to take money after his death, though she would have been entitled to about $98,500 according to his will.
Sentencing is set for May 12 before Judge John Garhart. Mrs. Pilchesky is free on her own recognizance.
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