YONKERS, N.Y. -- Anna Sollozzo, 53, of Yonkers, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $280,000 from the Yonkers Bus Service, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.
According to DiFiore, Sollozzo stole the money from the city of Yonkers for bus services that were never provided for the Nepperhan Community Center.
DiFiore said William Ahern, 59, of Armonk, owner of A Plus Transportation in Yonkers, and co-defendant Sollozzo, transportation supervisor for the city Board of Education, created a phantom bus route by invoicing the Board of Education for bus pickups at the Nepperhan Community Center when in fact no buses were dispatched. Ahern then would submit false invoices for the services that were never provided, and Sollozzo would knowingly approve these invoices for payment.
During this same period, Ahern was secretly depositing funds into Sollozzo’s personal bank account totaling $107,250. A Plus Transportation had contracts for bus services with the city of Yonkers totaling about $2,805,612 for the period from Sept. 24, 2012, through Feb. 7, 2014. In addition, Sollozzo, from March 8, 2011, to April 14, 2014, neglected to remit a total of $282,398 in state income tax. The fraud came to light as the Yonkers inspector general was investigating an unrelated complaint.
Sollozzo pleaded guilty to one count of felony second-degree grand larceny and one count of felony third-degree criminal tax fraud.
Ahern was charged with one count of felony second-degree grand larceny; one count felony second-degree rewarding official misconduct while aiding and abetting and acting in concert.
Sentencing for Sollozzo will be on April 25. She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Ahern’s next court date is Jan. 7.
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Public Integrity Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, deputy chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, are prosecuting the case.