SUNBURY — A bench warrant was issued Monday morning by Northumberland County Judge Hugh A. Jones for former Shamokin Area School Board member Richard A. Kashnoski after he failed to appear for a status conference in his case involving alleged state ethics violations.
Kashnoski, who is represented by public defender Jasmin Smith, could be taken into custody and jailed on the warrant by police or deputy sheriffs if he fails to turn himself into the sheriff’s office at 9 a.m. Wednesday, which is the next date county judges will conduct hearings for bench warrants.
Court officials said Kashnoski was notified about the status conference.
Kashnoski is charged by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of violating the state ethics act.
Kashnoski was arraigned on the charges Nov. 27 and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
Stark said Kashnoski allegedly violated multiple sections of the act while serving in his capacity as a school board member and board treasurer. He is accused of using his authority as a school board member for the “private pecuniary benefit of himself and/or business with which he was associated.”
Kashnoski, who has denied any wrongdoing, was a school board member from December 2013 through November 2017. He lost a re-election bid last year.
Prior to the criminal charges, he was ordered to pay nearly $13,000 in restitution based on the findings of a state ethics investigation that alleged he violated three ethics rules pertaining to banking services awarded separately by the school district to Mid-Penn Bank and Riverview Bank while he was employed by each financial institution.
The commission claims Kashnoski, who is no longer employed in the banking industry, participated in discussions and actions of the school board in awarding banking services to Mid-Penn and also used his influence as a board member with district administrators and staff to arrange meetings between the district and Riverview Bank to facilitate the moving of district accounts to that bank.