The district attorney’s office is involved in an investigation into constables who work in Allegheny County.
Sources confirmed to Channel 11’s Alan Jennings the allegations, which state that two dozen constables have filed false-fee vouchers involving tens of thousands of dollars and may have violated the federal civil rights of dozens of innocent people.
Jennings reported that the investigation was spearheaded by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office issued the following statement Friday afternoon, “Family court referred to us a matter that involves possible theft by constables.”
District Attorney spokesperson Mike Manko declined to comment further.
Jennings reported that at least two dozen constables working under the administrator of Allegheny County family court are accused of billing Allegheny County for subpoena services they didn’t perform -- including falsifying mileage reimbursement forms.
According to Jennings, there are further allegations that constables deliberately did not serve subpoenas, billed the county for them, and waited for bench warrants to be issued for the fathers in question in order to increase the fees submitted for payment.
There are also allegations that constables had illegal access to J-Net computers allowing them to search government documents, Jennings reported.
President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, who oversees the family court, has not commented.