Missing funds under investigation

GALLITZIN – A longtime Gallitzin Township employee is under investigation for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the township.

Leonard S. Cuomo, 75, of 245 Amsbury Road embezzled $114,835.30 from Gallitzin Township over seven years, state police from the Western Section of the Organized Crime Task Force said.

Sources said Cuomo used the stolen money to pay for health insurance and illegally gave thousands of dollars to his son.

Township employees declined to comment on the investigation during their monthly meeting Thursday.

“It’s in the hands of the state police, that’s all we can say,” Mike Racz, township supervisor, said.

Cuomo faces multiple felony charges of theft for allegedly using his powers as the secretary and treasurer to embezzle thousands of dollars from the township.

According to Cuomo’s arrest papers, Gallitzin Township supervisors hired Kotzan CPA & Associates in April 2012 to investigate possible fraud during his tenure.

A fraud examination of township finances and available records from 2004 through 2011 showed Cuomo allegedly stole about $100,000 from the township through unauthorized checks written to himself.

Cuomo allegedly wrote the expenses off as office supplies or other expenses, none of which were documented with receipts, police said.

Township finances and records from 2005 could not be located for the audit, police said.

Police said Cuomo also funneled about $3,773 of township funds to his son, Christopher S. Cuomo, 41, 245 Amsbury Road, through the same undocumented practices.

Christopher S. Cuomo faces charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Cuomo’s attorney, Paul Joseph Eckenrode, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Online court documents did not list an attorney for Leonard Cuomo.

Calls left at the Cuomo residence were not returned Monday evening.

Gallitzin Township supervisors told the Mirror that Cuomo is not being paid but did not elaborate on his current employee status with the township.

Sources said Cuomo suffered a medical emergency in February 2012 and shortly after, township officials noticed the fraudulent payments and requested the examination.

Cuomo also faces felony charges of receiving stolen property.

Preliminary hearings for the two men are scheduled for 1 p.m. April 25 before Magisterial District Judge Charity L. Nileski.

Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.