MONROE COUNTY, Pa. (WBRE/WYOU) — A Magisterial District Judge in Pennsylvania was arraigned for misrepresenting his residency in order to remain the judge for the district, police say.
According to the Monroe County Office District Attorney, John R Caffese, 36, misrepresented his address in order to appear to reside within the magisterial district of Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock townships to be appointed as a Magisterial District Judge (MDJ).
Officials say an investigation revealed that between April 20 and June 13, Caffese submitted a number of documents falsely attesting to his residency in Pocono Summit (Tobyhanna Township) when he in fact, lived in Stroudsburg.
“State law requires appointees to live within the district one year prior to appointment,” a media release from the DA’s office stated.
As stated in the affidavit, Caffese was then appointed a Magisterial District Judge on July 8th, 2022. Over the next four months, Caffese collected wages totaling $20,036.18, knowing that he was not eligible to hold the position, officials stated.
The DA’s office says they received a number of complaints, which prompted them to open a four-month-long investigation.
Caffese was arraigned Thursday, he waived his preliminary hearing and was released on $50,000.00 unsecured bail.
Caffese’s formal arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th, 2023.