A fired Hughesville property manager stole $3,350 in cash rent payments from an unsuspecting tenant, according to Hughesville Borough Police.
James J. Krysik, 54, of Hughesville, was fired from his property management position at JLP Apartments, 36 West Walnut Street, Hughesville, for allegedly stealing copper from the landlord earlier this year.
Despite being fired, Krysik continued to collect cash rent payments from one tenant who believed he still held the property manager position, according to the November 1, 2019, affidavit by Officer Ryan Travelpiece.
Krysik's suspected scheme came to light when the landlord made moves to evict the unsuspecting tenant for being five months behind on rent.
That tenant had kept receipts for the cash payments he had made to Krysik, Officer Travelpiece wrote. Some of the receipts contained the initials "JK" or the name "Jim."
"I have prior knowledge that Krysik goes by the name of Jim," Officer Travelpiece wrote, adding that he had arrested Krysik in the past.
Krysik allegedly pocketed the tenant's rent payments for the months of April, June July, August and September 2019.
Officer Travelpiece was assisted in the investigation by Patrolman David Williams, according to the affidavit.
Krysik was charged with one third degree felony count each of theft by unlawful taking - movable property, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.
He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on November 2, 2019. Krysik's bail was set at $7,500.
Krysik is set for a formal arraignment before Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts on December 2, 2019.