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DA drops charges against 2 W. Pa. prison workers

September 24, 2013
Associated Press

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — The district attorney has dropped charges against two maintenance workers at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania who were accused of using state money to buy personal equipment and supplies, and with illegally using inmate labor to fix personal items.

A spokeswoman for the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands on Tuesday says an internal investigation is continuing into allegations against 43-year-old Harold Maust, of Boswell, and 59-year-old Stephen Toth, of Johnstown.

But the (Somerset) Daily American ( ) reports Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser on Monday dropped charges against Maust, a maintenance man, after last week dropping them against Toth, a refrigerator trades instructor for inmates.

Maust's attorney says he's happy the charges were dropped, while Toth's says he plans to sue state prison officials filing the "totally unwarranted" charges.

The DA says the case "lacks prosecutorial merit."


Information from: Daily American,



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