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Theft from PV Knee-Hi

Published January 03. 2013 05:03PM

Michael Macaluso, 42, of 65 Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, faces charges from an incident which took place between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 in Lansford. Charges of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Soberick on Nov. 6 took a complaint about the theft of money from the Panther Valley Knee-Hi Association. A woman said she had purchased a lottery calendar from Macaluso for October. The premise of this type of calendar is that each month is marked with a number. If the number matches the one drawn for the Pennsylvania Lottery evening Daily Number, the calendar owner would win the cash amount listed on the corresponding date.

The woman's calendar was assigned the number "250," which was drawn as the Daily Number on Oct. 12. The amount listed was $25, so she would have won that amount.

The woman attempted to claim her winnings, and was given a list of the month's winners by the PV Knee-Hi Association. The list showed the number 250 had never been turned in to the organization as required.

As part of his investigation, Soberick learned that Macaluso had never turned in any of his fundraising money from the sale of the calendars, about $50.

Multiple attempts to contact Macaluso were unsuccessful.

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