The founder and president of a York City company that advertised "liaison" services to prison inmates could perhaps benefit from the kind of assistance his business offered.
Unfortunately for Brandon H. Schnetzka, his business is currently closed.
"I Know the System," Schnetzka boasts on a billboard located at the corner of South Queen and East Princess streets. The billboard advertises The ILS Firm LLC at 18 S. George St.; "ILS" stands for Inmate Liaison Services.
Schnetzka, 41, likely knows the system even better now, because the York-area man is back in York County Prison.
Arrested Aug. 6, he is being held on three York County probation-violation detainers for charges including theft by deception and forgery, according to prison records. He also is being held on a Maryland detainer filed by Baltimore County Police, records state.
Pending cases: Schnetzka also is facing trial on three pending York County cases that charge him with theft by deception, receiving stolen property and forgery.
And Schnetzka is awaiting sentencing in federal court for pretending to be an FBI agent.
York defense attorney George Marros represents Schnetzka on his pending York County charges, and said his client's recent incarceration forced The ILS Firm to temporarily close.
'Middleman': Marros said Schnetzka's business basically acted as a middleman for inmates who didn't have loved ones willing or able to help inmates contact attorneys, or help fill out paperwork, or other services.
"It's almost like legal services, but obviously he couldn't give legal advice" because he's not an attorney, Marros said.
The ILS Firm's website provides a long list of apparent services and states, "We handle everything from placing phone calls on your behalf to helping you move your home."
Prosecutor: Senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake confirmed the York County District Attorney's Office is aware of The ILS Firm, but declined to elaborate.
"It's not appropriate for us to comment on investigations that may or may not be open," he said, adding, "It appears many of the services were for things (an inmate's) family and friends could do."
Blake is prosecuting Schnetzka's three pending York County court cases, filed back in 2011 and 2012.
He said it's rare for cases to linger in the system for that long, but noted there were numerous continuances granted.
"We'll make him a plea offer in the normal way," Blake said.
"We've been hoping from the beginning that (the cases) would end in a non-trial disposition," Marros said, meaning a plea agreement.
Federal case: Schnetzka was indicted in federal court in September 2013 for pretending to be an FBI agent while getting a loaner car from a Mechanicsburg-area auto dealer in March 2013.
He initially was charged in Cumberland County Court with impersonating a public servant, theft of leased property, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
But the Cumberland County case was dropped after federal authorities took over the case, according to Marros.
Guilty plea: Schnetzka pleaded guilty July 30 in Harrisburg's federal court to impersonating a federal employee.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
He faces up to three years in prison, according to Amanda Endy, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Heidi Freese, Schnetzka's federal public defender, did not return a phone message seeking comment.
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