10 Jan BREAKING: FBI Raids Scranton City Hall
WNEP is reporting that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a search of City Hall this afternoon. Sources tell the station that agents executed a search warrant to seize documents from a city department office belonging to Pat Hinton, the city’s licensing, inspection, and codes manager.
The site, which has been unoccupied for a number of years, was leased to Hinton following a request for proposals. Hinton’s was the only proposal submitted and calls for the opening of a coffee shop. The only problem? Hinton is a city employee and stands to make a personal profit from the new business’ operations.
It is unclear whether Hinton’s sweetheart deal and today’s FBI raid are related. Councilman Bill Gaughan, who has been a vocal opponent of the lease and demanded an investigation into Hinton’s conduct, told WNEP today that he was surprised to learn of the federal agents’ visit. He told the station, “I would just suggest and encourage the mayor and his administration to fully cooperate and keep city council and the public as informed as they can.”
According to the city’s code of ethics, “No employee of the municipal government shall use any public property for personal benefit or profit.”