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Lemoyne officials investigated for scrap metal sales

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Two Lemoyne borough employees are on administrative leave while police investigate whether they unlawfully kept money from sales of scrap metal instead of turning the cash over to borough funds.

According to search warrant affidavits filed May 30, maintenance supervisor John Paden admitted to keeping the money and to splitting the proceeds with Sewer Department supervisor John O'Neill.

No charges have been filed against Paden or O'Neill.

According to the affidavits, which seek the financial records of Paden's accounts at two West Shore banks, members of Lemoyne Borough Council contacted police May 15 to report that Paden was not turning in funds received from the sale of scrap metal.

Paden, when initially questioned by borough officials, reported that his employees had not sold scrap metal for months, but on May 19 admitted to keeping the money and splitting it with O'Neill. Paden then turned over $800 he had at his home from recent scrap metal sales, the documents state.

Borough employees told investigators that Paden required them to go to specific scrap yards that would offer cash. The employees would then turn the money over to Paden, and had been doing so since the early 1990's, police said in the documents.

West Shore Regional Police Chief Michael Hope said investigators are still trying to determine how much money may have been kept from borough funds, but he said it's "definitely thousands" of dollars.

Other borough officials refused to comment on the investigation, other than to confirm that both Paden and O'Neill are on administrative leave.

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