OIG Investigative Reports, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy President Charged with Failing to Refund Federal Funds Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Reports FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pittsburgh, PA April 6, 2004 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Western District of Pennsylvania 700 Grant Street - Suite 400 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 (412) 644-3500 PITTSBURGH BEAUTY ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH FAILING TO REFUND FEDERAL FUNDS United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, April 6, 2004, that Arthur B. DeConcillis, President of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of failing to refund student financial aid funds. The one-count indictment named DeConcillis, age 75, who resides at 2836 Knowlson Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226. Ms. Buchanan stated that the indictment presented to the court alleges that DeConcillis has been the President of Pittsburgh Beauty Academy since 1999. The indictment further alleges that, since 1999, DeConcillis has illegally retained approximately $83,000 in student aid funds which the Academy received from the United States Department of Education. The indictment charges that DeConcillis should have returned the funds to the Department of Education because the students for whom the funds were provided failed to complete their programs of study at the Academy. Ms. Buchanan stated, "Federal regulations require a school to refund Department of Education funds within sixty days from the date the student drops out of class. In the case of approximately 68 Pittsburgh Beauty Academy students who left the school prematurely, the financial aid provided by the Department was not returned to the government as is required by law." Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $20,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Department of Education - Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 03/03/2005 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Pittsburgh Beauty Academy President Charged with Failing to Refund Federal Funds. Pittsburgh, PA, April 6, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-04-06.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.