In a story first published Wednesday afternoon, Meadville Tribune reporter Keith Gushard said Timothy Lee Lewis, the former warden of the Crawford County Correctional Facility convicted of stealing $122,000 from the Meadville Moose Lodge, is out of jail for health reasons. Lewis was sentenced last October after pleading guilty to one Felony 2 charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking-Moveable Property in connection with the embezzlement of approximately $122,000 from Meadville Moose Lodge 2505 between 2011 and 2014 while he was the lodge administrator
There is an apparent change in prison status. A perfunctory, terse, cryptic notation on Lewis' online court record Monday simply says "Certification of Work Release/Community Service" filed by Crawford County Adult Probation.
In an October plea agreement, Judge Bozza sentenced Lewis to 8 to 23 months confinement by Judge John Bozza " followed by 48 months of probation, parole will include electronic monitor at the appropriate time, community service in the amount of 200 hours, write a letter of apology to the victim. Transfer to Erie County is authorized." Another notation in the online records indicates "confinement is consecutive to.....probation." All of this information would indicate Lewis now freed from the Erie County Prison.
Lewis must obey all conditions imposed by Judge Bozza including the payment of all outstanding court costs, shown in the online records to be over $31,000 and pay restitution to the Moose Lodge. In October Lewis liquidated his pension in the amount of $90,000 to that end.
Lewis and his wife Debra, both of whom served in leadership positions with the Moose Lodge were arrested in March 2016 by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in connection with the theft of approximately $133,000 from the Moose lodge during their time of service there.
Debra, also a Crawford County employee, was sentenced to six months probation under the Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program for first time non-violent offenders. While Timothy was suspended from his job as warden by the Crawford County Commissioners and subsequently resigned, Debra, under union contract with the County of Crawford, took a paid leave of absence and later returned to work. She was ordered by the judge to make $2000 restitution and pay court costs.