YONKERS, N.Y. - Former Yonkers Board of Education transportation supervisor Anna Sollozzo has been sentenced to prison time for her role in a scheme that defrauded the city of nearly $300,000.
On Wednesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Anna Sollozzo, 54, will spend between two and six years behind bars after pleading guilty to felony charges of grand larceny and criminal tax fraud.
According to McCarty, over the period of two years beginning in 2012, Sollozzo and Armonk resident William Ahern - who has also been charged with a grand larceny charge - stole approximately $280,000 from the city for bus services that were never provided at the Nepperhan Community Center.
Ahern, who owns A Plus Transportation, and Sollozzo, a public servant at the time, created a faux bus route by invoicing the Board of Education for bus pickups at the community center, when no busses were actually dispatched. He would then submit false invoices for payment, despite the fact that no transportation was provided.
During the scheme, Ahern deposited more than $100,000 into Sollozzo’s personal bank account, which was never accounted for. She also neglected to remit a total of $282,398 to New York State income tax.
In a statement announcing the pair’s indictment, former Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore admonished the two for defrauding the city of Yonkers.
“The allegations outlined in the complaint are the essence of fraud, corruption and mismanagement," she stated. These defendants, over an eighteen-month period, conspired to defraud the City of Yonkers Board of Education and by extension, all its students by providing non-existent services. How many music or art classes could have been maintained with that misappropriated money?”