The husband of the former tax collector for the Ambridge Area School District and Baden Borough has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $1 million in property taxes.

Keith Kristek, 57, of Baden was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab. Judge Schwab also ordered Kristek to pay $1 million in restitution to the Ambridge School District and $46,000 to Baden Borough. Kristek pleaded guilty back in June to mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

Authorities say he gambled away the money, which he stole from taxpayers over a period of 8 years.

Keith Kristek gained access to the tax money after being appointed to the position of Deputy Tax Collector by his wife Cynthia Kristek, who was elected to the position but then unable to obtain a bond due to a prior bankruptcy. Federal prosecutors say Keith had forged his wife’s signatures on checks and deposited them into his own bank account, also pocketing tax payments made in cash.

Kristek’s federal prison sentence will be followed by a period of 3 years of probation, during which time he must complete a rehabilitation program for gambling addiction. The man was ordered to make payments of at least 10% of his future gross income toward reimbursing taxpayers.

Keith Kristek has also served as the elected Constable for Baden Borough and as a municipal police officer.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Fred0523
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Fred0523

Not enough time and 10 % of future income & 3 years probation what the hell

buzzkill
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buzzkill

Hey , It’s the Ambridge Area and of course he was a former local cop. He certainly felt entitled to the money. Probably has a lot of friends and admirers walking around Baden and Ambridge saying what a great guy he was and that he was just trying to get ahead in the world….

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“Keith Kristek gained access to the tax money after being appointed to the position of Deputy Tax Collector by his wife Cynthia Kristek, who was elected to the position but then unable to obtain a bond due to a prior bankruptcy.”

So, the tax collector that was ineligible to do the job gets to appoint her replacement, HER HUSBAND, to the position????? This is stupid even by the stellar standards that Ambridge has set over the years.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

Over 1 mil, that’s one hell of a gambling problem.

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

@speak the truth…….Probably forgot to mention the hookers and blow!

Nobama
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Nobama

Politics as usual in Beaver County. Let me guess-Demon-crat.