A northeastern Pennsylvania county commissioner convicted of bribery and extortion has submitted a letter of resignation.


A northeastern Pennsylvania county commissioner convicted of bribery and extortion has submitted a letter of resignation.

Lackawanna County Commissioner A.J. Munchak said Wednesday he's resigning "with a heavy heart."

A federal jury in Scranton convicted Munchak and former Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from businesses that held county contracts. Their indictment last year was part of a larger probe targeting corruption in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

Munchak said in his resignation letter that it's "in the best interests of the taxpayers" that he steps down while pursuing an appeal. The letter was read by Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O'Brien at Wednesday's meeting. Munchak did not attend.


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