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Man pleads guilty of theft from employer

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

A Muncy man pleaded guilty Friday, April 6 to stealing $60,000 from his employer, Faxon Lanes, over a period of three years.

Michael L. Mottern, 50, of 1389 John Brady Drive, first admitted to the crime in a written statement to state police and to the owner of the 1225 River Ave. bowling alley, Mehrdad J. Jahanshahi.

Mottern, formerly a business manager of Faxon Lanes, kept portions of money that he received as cash payments for the business.

When receiving cash payments from Roles Amusement Co. for placement fees related to arcade and vending machines in the business, Mottern would only report a portion of the payment, keeping the rest for himself.

Mottern agreed to a plea agreement to pay $83,000 in restitution and to receive a number of months of probation by pleading guilty for theft by unlawful taking.

Mottern was also facing charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, which were dropped.

Judge Marc F. Lovecchio told the defendant that during his sentencing, which will be set at a later date, the court will be able to give a more severe sentencing and not accept the plea deal, if it feels that Mottern is deserving of a larger punishment.