OIG Investigative Reports, Press Release: Jenkins Township, PA December 04, 2009 - Federal Officials Announce the Filing of a Criminal Information Charging a Former Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical School Employee with Mail Fraud 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) 221-2246 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: December 04, 2009 Dennis C. Pfannenschmidt U.S. Attorney (717) 221-4482 FEDERAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THE FILING OF A CRIMINAL INFORMATION CHARGING A FORMER WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL EMPLOYEE WITH MAIL FRAUD Dennis C. Pfannenschmidt, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Janice Fedarcyk, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Don Fort, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division; and Mary Mitchelson, Acting Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General jointly announced today that an Information was filed today charging Jeffrey Piazza, a former employee of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical School, with mail fraud. The charge carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000. Mr. Piazza, age 33, of Jenkins Township, is alleged to have participated in a scheme to defraud the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical School of thousands of dollars in hidden kickbacks allegedly paid to Mr. Piazza by a vendor while Mr. Piazza was employed at the school. According to U.S. Attorney Pfannenschmidt, Mr. Piazza is the twenty-first person charged with criminal conduct since late January of this year in an on-going investigation targeting public corruption in northeastern Pennsylvania.. This case is part of an on-going investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Education 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 and Criminal Division Chief Christian Fisanick. Pfannenschmidt praised this team of investigators and prosecutors for their tireless efforts on behalf of the people of northeastern Pennsylvania.. Anyone with information is asked to call the public corruption task force toll free at 1-866-996-4320. **** An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges. Top Printable view Last Modified: 12/15/2009 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 Filing of a Criminal Information Charging a Former Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical School Employee with Mail Fraud. Jenkins Township, PA., December 04, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-12-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.