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Attorney to be arraigned on several charges

Published August 09. 2011 05:01PM

Attorney Lynn Bressi, 63, of Pottsville, who was employed as a custody counselor at the Schuylkill County courthouse, will be arraigned next Monday in the county district attorney's office facing several criminal charges

Charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, tampering with public records, criminal sollicitation and intimidating witnesses have been filed by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky.

According to information filed to court, Pottsville police were notified by Schuylkill County President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin, who hired Bressi as a custody counselor, that inhouse investigation uncovered alleged excessive billing of the county for holding custody hearings and the estimated overbilling was $6,550.

For several years prior to 2006 Bressi was sole custody officer for the county. In 2006 Baldwin added four additional assistants.

The report states Bressi received 80 percent of the cases. Baldwin also raised the fee paid to a conciliator for a conference from $100 to $125 per conference but also adopted a new policy in which no conference fees should be billed if interested parties reached an agreement before the conference began. It is claimed Bressi submitted bills in which agreements were reached without hearings but claimed them as settlements.

If the case reaches trial the prosecution will be handled by the State Attorney General's Office and not the county's district attorney's office because of a conflict of interest.

For many years, Bressi's husband, Attorney Charles Bressi, was an assistant district attorney but resigned long before the charges arose against his wife. Charles Bressi is now law clerk for county Judge John E. Domalakes.

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