|Inside this edition: Nearly $100K in cash shows up at DuBois City Hall, Shapiro declines to make his daily calendar public, and Casey and Fetterman oppose low-altitude flights over PA Wilds.|
Daniel Fishel / For Spotlight PA
|Real quick: DuBois City Manager Herm Suplizio was arrested on corruption charges in March. In early May, almost $100,000 in cash arrived at city hall. The mysterious money was apparently stored at a local nonprofit, where Suplizio had been the executive director, Spotlight PA’s Min Xian and Angela Couloumbis report.|
A little more: On an otherwise routine Tuesday in early May, DuBois’ solicitor showed up at City Hall with $93,920 in cash tucked inside a cardboard box and packaged in a gift bag.
The solicitor, Toni Cherry, pulled DuBois’ Interim City Manager Chris Nasuti and Police Chief Blaine Clark out of a meeting. According to Nasuti, she handed the gift bag to the two men and told them that the cash — in bills of $20s, $50s, and $100s — belonged to the city. She advised them to deposit the money and did not explain why or how it came into her possession.
“Of course, it was a surprise,” Nasuti told Spotlight PA. He said he and Clark immediately put the cash into a new bank account isolated from other city funds, and alerted the state attorney general’s office.
The mysterious origin and handling of the bag full of cash is now at the center of yet another storm in a community already reeling from a distressing corruption scandal.
Earlier this year, one of DuBois’ most politically connected government officials, former City Manager Herm Suplizio, was arrested.
Suplizio is accused by the state attorney general’s office of stealing more than $600,000 in taxpayer money over nearly a decade, charges that raise troubling questions about how such a large-scale theft could play out in a city of about 7,400 without anyone noticing.
Attorneys for Suplizio have declined requests for comment from Spotlight PA, and he has yet to enter a plea in the case or appear in court.
The sudden appearance of almost $100,000 in cash has only intensified the feeling of unease in DuBois — a small city about two hours northeast of Pittsburgh — and sows doubts about the efficacy of accountability mechanisms in place for local governments in Pennsylvania.
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