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Greensburg property owner appeals cleanup order

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

A convicted swindler has appealed efforts by Greensburg officials to force him to clean up his Westminster Avenue property.

On Monday, Keith Maydak, 42, of Seattle, filed an appeal in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court, naming Greensburg, the five city council members, city solicitor Bernard McArdle and Les Harvey, code enforcement officer, as defendants.

Maydak, who says he lives out of the country but has a Seattle mailing address, asks a judge to reverse council's decision and for him to be reimbursed costs.

He asks a judge to declare the procedures used by the city as “invalid, unconstitutional and contrary to law.”

Last month, council ruled that Maydak needed to clean up his property at 24 Westminster Ave. or allow the house to be torn down. They called the house unfit for human habitation and a safety hazard.

City officials discontinued an earlier lawsuit they filed against Maydak.

Maydak, described in court documents as an accomplished computer hacker, was sentenced in 1994 by a federal judge to serve eight years in prison for defrauding AT&T out of more than $550,000.

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