OIG Investigative Reports, Press Release: Harrisburg, PA June 28, 2010 - Federal Officials Announce the Sentencing of a Former Member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education 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 Report U.S. Department of Justice Middle District of Pennsylvania William J. Nealon Federal Building 235 N. Washington Avenue P.O. Box 309, Suite 311 Scranton, PA 18503-0309 Phone: (570) 348-2800 Fax (570) 348-2037 or (570) 348-2830 Ronald Reagan Federal Building 228 Walnut Street P.O. Box 11754,, Suite 220 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1754 Phone: (717) 221-4482 Fax: (717) 221-4493/ 221-2246 or (717) 221-4493 Herman T. Schneebeli Federal Building 240 West Third Street Suite 316 Williamsport, PA 17701-6465 Phone: (570) 326-1935 Fax: (570) 326-7916 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2010 CONTACT: Peter J. Smith U.S. Attorney (717) 221-4482 FEDERAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THE SENTENCING OF A FORMER MEMBER OF THE WILKES-BARRE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION Peter J. Smith, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Janice Fedarcyk, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Troy Stemen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division; and Kathy Tighe, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General jointly announced today that Frank Pizzella, Jr., a former member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education, was sentenced Friday by United States District Court Judge James M. Munley. Judge Munley sentenced Pizzella to a two-year term of probation, five months of home confinement and a $10,000 fine. In 2004, before Pizzella was elected to the Board of Education, Pizzella conspired with others to corruptly give $5,000 in cash to a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education in exchange for a teaching job. In September 2009, federal officials announced the charges against Pizzella. According to U.S. Attorney Smith, to date, thirty individuals have been charged with criminal conduct since January 2009 in the on-going investigation targeting public corruption in Luzerne County. This case is part of an on-going investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by a team of federal prosecutors led by Senior Litigation Counsel Gordon Zubrod and includes Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Houser, Michael Consiglio, Amy Phillips John Gurganus and Criminal Division Chief Christian Fisanick. Smith praised this team of investigators and prosecutors for their tireless efforts on behalf of the people of Luzerne County. *** Press Releases Index Page Top Printable view Last Modified: 07/02/2010 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
Federal Officials Announce the Sentencing of a Former Member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education. Harrisburg, PA., June 28, 2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-06-28.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.