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Three with Chambersburg ties facing federal charges

December 07, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently released information about cases against three men with Chambersburg, Pa., ties.

The three men are involved in two cases that are unrelated.

Wojciech TomaszMalinowski

On Monday, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said two Chinese nationals and a former Chambersburg resident, who is now living in Poland, were indicted by a grand jury in Harrisburg.

Wojciech Tomasz Malinowski, 54, formerly of Chambersburg, was indicted Nov. 30 on two counts of mail fraud, interstate travel in aid of racketeering and criminal conspiracy.

The charges allege "the offering and accepting of almost $100,000 in bribes and kickbacks related to fraud committed against a Camp Hill (Cumberland County, Pa.) business," a news release said.

Also charged were Tang Yuhua, 59, of New York City, and Li Jian, 43, of China, the release said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges Jian worked for Sinorail Information Engineering Group (Sinorail), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Ministry of Rails. It said Malinowski worked for ASF-Keystone in Camp Hill and Yuhua for a Shanghai newspaper.

Referencing the indictment, the release said the grand jury found that Jian arranged with Yuhua to illegally divert to Malinowski almost $100,000 in commission payments.

"Each defendant faces a total maximum term of imprisonment of up to 50 years if convicted and fines total $1 million," the release stated.


William C. Stake,

David R. Burk

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges William C. Stake, 40, and David R. Burk, 64, both of Chambersburg, committed crimes against charities and supporters of charitable causes.

Stake and Burk were "charged with operating and conspiring to operate a scheme to defraud charities who used the Gettysburg Auto Exchange to sell vehicles donated by private individuals for charitable causes," a news release said.

Charities would enter into agreements with Gettysburg Auto Exchange to collect, transport and sell donated vehicles, and to send the proceeds to the charities, the release said.

Stake was assisted by Burk when he sold vehicles and kept a portion of the proceeds of the sale for himself, creating fictitious bills of sale in the process, Smith alleged.

"If convicted, Stake faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and a maximum term of supervised release of up to three years. Burk faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and a maximum term of supervised release of up to three years," the release said.

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