Wiretap suit stuns controller
‘That’s just not something I do,’ he says of secretly recording conversations.
Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith illegally recorded multiple conversations and supplied them to a grand jury investigating the Hotel Sterling’s nonprofit owner, CityVest, county District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said Monday.
CityVest board member Y. Judd Shoval filed a civil suit against Griffith in county court Monday over the wiretaps and privacy invasion, Salavantis said.
Salavantis said Griffith gave the grand jury recordings of Shoval, attorneys and others who were recorded without their knowledge or consent. She said she forwarded the investigation to the state Attorney General’s Office because it involves another elected county official.
Wiretap violations carry maximum sentences of seven years in prison for each illegal recording, she said.
Griffith denied any illegal recording.