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Ex-guard sentenced on embezzlement charges

A former corrections officer was sentenced Monday in federal court on charges he embezzled $77,000, the U.S. Attorney Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania said.

Tony J. Liesenfeld, 50, of Selinsgrove, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to a term of imprisonment of one year and one day for wire fraud, said David J. Freed, U.S. attorney.

Liesenfeld pleaded guilty and admitted that between June 11, 2001 and Nov. 25, 2015, he embezzled over $77,000 from American Federation of Government Employees Local 148.

At the time, Liesenfeld was a correctional officer and union official at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary and used a union credit card to make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals, and forged checks from a union account to the same ends, Freed said.

Liesenfeld was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution and will serve two years of supervised release after his prison term.

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