Charges dismissed for Gallitzin ex-secretary’s son

CRESSON – Theft charges filed against the son of a former Gallitzin Township employee were dismissed Thursday.

The charges against Christopher Cuomo, 41, were dismissed upon agreement between the Attorney General’s Office and the defense, Cuomo’s attorney Paul J. Eckenrode said.

Cuomo was ordered to pay $3,773 in restitution as part of the agreement. His client maintains his innocence, Eckenrode said.

“He’s just happy to have it all behind him,” Eckenrode said of Cuomo.

Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office took over the case after officials from the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office recused themselves because of a conflict of interest, Eckenrode said.

Cuomo and his father, Leonard S. Cuomo, 75, were accused of theft and receiving stolen property from Gallitzin Township.

Police said Leonard Cuomo used his position as the township secretary to embezzle about $114,835.30 from the township.

Various sources indicated Leonard Cuomo suffered a medical emergency in February 2012, only months before township officials alerted police to what they said were fraudulent purchases and missing township funds.

Township officials did not return calls for comment Friday.

Leonard Cuomo’s preliminary hearing was also scheduled for July 11 but was again continued. Leonard Cuomo is also represented by Eckenrode.

Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.