Pa. state senators pitch tougher restitution law

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A state lawmaker from Northampton County is sponsoring legislation aimed at coming down harder on scam artists who steal from non-profits and the government.

The state Senate bill, co-sponsored by Democrat Lisa Boscola and Republican Pat Stefano, aims to enable non-profits, the government, and businesses a better chance to collect restitution from criminals.

Boscola notes recent incidents where hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been stolen and recovering the money is proving extremely difficult.

An example she gives is a recent street light scam that cost Bethlehem Township more than $800,000 and Coplay $160,000.

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