West Goshen Police commended by DA

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Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan presents West Goshen Detective Darren Sedlak (second from right) and West Goshen Chief Joe Gleason with the Chester County District Attorney’s Commendation for the West Goshen Police Department and their work on the fraud conviction of Stephanie Matusky and Edward Sharsha. (Candice Monhollan)

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan presents West Goshen Detective Darren Sedlak (second from right) and West Goshen Chief Joe Gleason with the Chester County District Attorney’s Commendation for the West Goshen Police Department and their work on the fraud conviction of Stephanie Matusky and Edward Charsha. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST GOSHEN — It has been six months since the arrests and over two months since a guilty conviction, but Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan hasn’t forgotten all the hard work the West Goshen Police Department put into the investigation of Stephanie Matusky and Edward Charsha.

During the West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday, Hogan presented the Chester County District Attorney’s Commendation to the department in recognition of its efforts.

“White-collar cases, they are back-breakingly hard work,” Hogan said during the meeting. “You really have to dig into those and find out every single thing that happened.”

The pair — Matusky sentenced to one year minus a day to two years minus two days and 10 years probation and Charsha serving 11 1/2 to 23 months — were found to be stealing from their employer.

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Matusky, who did all the bookkeeping for Alfred J. Fry III Electric Co., was found to have stolen over $100,000 and had conspired with Charsha to defraud the company.

“Two of the employees started stealing money, and they stole money by going into and creating fake expenses,” Hogan said.

According to Hogan, the owner of the company approached the two and they confessed. Giving them a second chance, he told the pair to pay all the money back.

“They started stealing his merchandise and selling it on eBay and used that money to pay him back,” Hogan said.

That’s when the police stepped in.

West Goshen Detective Darren Sedlak poured over every single one of the transactions in the books and went through pawn shops and eBay to track down everything which was sold.

Without the help of the department and Sedlak, the district attorney’s office would not have had the abundance of evidence they did to convict Matusky.

Michelle Frei, deputy district attorney, was the one facing Matusky in court.

“When I say that Detective Sedlak was buried in paperwork, there is no other way to put it,” she said.

Because of the combined work of the police department and the district attorney’s office, Matusky was found guilty of 88 counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Charcha plead guilty to charges.

“It is a great honor to present this (commendation) to you, Detective Sedlak, on behalf of our office,” Frei said.

Sedlak, who accepted the award on behalf of the police department, thanked the board of supervisors and county commissioners for the continued support.

“If you support your people, they’re not going to let you down,” Sedlak said.

Hogan commended the police department as being one of the best in the Commonwealth, let alone the county.

“I’m here tonight to say (West Goshen) has an outstanding police department,” he said. “You have an outstanding chief in Joe Gleason, an outstanding captain in Greg Stone and a tremendous detective in Darren Sedlak. This goes to the entire unit.”

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