by Staff Writer on March 30, 2012
Via The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.:
A prominent Wilkes-Barre attorney suspected of bilking clients and investors of up to $5 million was hauled into U.S. District Court Thursday and charged with mail fraud.
Anthony J. Lupas Jr., 77, was arrested at his Plains Township apartment Thursday afternoon by federal agents armed with a search warrant. While he was transported to the federal courthouse in Scranton, a team of agents removed dozens of boxes of documents, at least four computer hard drives and a handgun from the Wilkes-Barre building housing his law office, just around the corner from the Luzerne County Courthouse, where his son, Judge David W. Lupas, hears cases.
Hours later, a U.S. Secret Service agent escorted a handcuffed Lupas into a federal courtroom for arraignment. Another agent trailed behind carrying Lupas’ metal walker.
Lupas, who faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, will likely face indictment on additional charges, a federal prosecutor told U.S. District Judge James Munley. Munley released Lupas without requiring him to post bond, but ordered that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and remain at home except for activities approved by federal probation officers.