US Marshals pay visit to Binsack's Shamokin home to no avail
SHAMOKIN - Federal marshals, state probation and parole officers and city police paid a visit to fugitive Scott Binsack's home Tuesday, but he was not there, city police Chief Ed Griffiths said.
Binsack, who was listed as a parole absconder last month, apparently learned about the visit, and let loose with another rant on his "Smokin' in Shamokin" Facebook site Tuesday afternoon.
Binsack's posting indicates he had contact with someone who knew about the visit by law enforcement. Leo Dunn, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, has said previously that anyone offering assistance to an absconder could face local law enforcement charges of obstruction of governmental administration or hindering apprehension.
Binsack stated in a later Facebook post Tuesday that he will be "surrendering very soon" to "only a federal judge" and that he hasn't been "running," rather, he has been "gathering evidence" that backs his various theories regarding his case.
Binsack, formerly of Clarks Summit, was a homebuilder who was accused of shady dealings and unpaid bills. He pleaded no contest in July 2010 to seven bad check charges stemming from his work in Lackawanna County as head of Mansions & Estates LLC, and sentenced to time served. He was granted parole in April 2011.
It was the latest in a number of run-ins with the law tracing back to work he did in Monroe County and New York state.
In late October, Binsack made himself unavailable for his parole supervisors and was declared a parole absconder. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service Middle District of Pennsylvania Task Force announced Nov. 7 they had taken over the search for Binsack. That was a few days after he released a YouTube video taunting his accusers, critics, the media and government officials.
Binsack and partner Steven Crone produced two episodes of what they billed as a reality television show called "Something's Smokin' in Shamokin" in which they depict themselves as well-meaning developers trying to revive the area, while being foiled by local officials and the media. At the same time, they act as self-styled citizen advocates, trying to uncover alleged corruption. The second episode set the table for Binsack's absconding from parole, describing parole officials' interest in his involvement in a $13.4 million initial public offering of stock, a potential violation of the terms of his parole.
When Binsack is arrested, he will be jailed and have a hearing to determine if authorities have probable cause to continue to detain him. Within 120 days, a second hearing will determine if parole should be revoked. That would send Binsack back to jail until his maximum sentence date of May 18, 2014. However, he may also have his time on absconder status tacked onto his jail sentence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. marshals at a toll free, anonymous tip line 866-437-9847.