TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lawmaker Costa's sister charged with theft, forgery in connection with family properties

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
 

Detectives with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office on Monday filed theft and forgery charges against the sister of Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa, accusing her of taking properties the siblings inherited from their father.

Angeline Costa-Gifford, 56, surrendered to authorities and is awaiting arraignment, said Mike Manko, spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. She is charged with a dozen counts each of felony theft and forgery.

Detectives said Costa-Gifford, a paralegal at the law firm Tucker Arensberg, Downtown, fraudulently transferred the deeds of five properties out of the names of her siblings and into the names of her husband and son in 2006.

Detectives said two employees in her office, Debra J. Paranay and Cynthia Rago, notarized the documents.

Costa, D-Stanton Heights and the Pittsburgh police chief under the late Mayor Bob O'Connor, alerted authorities of the situation in July. A spokeswoman for Costa called it “an unfortunate family incident” and declined further comment.

The amount of Costa-Gifford's bond was not immediately available.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. With 3 more players possibly affected, Penguins’ fight against mumps escalates
  2. Police: Deer rifle in vehicle at Southmoreland High School
  3. Parent finds body in parking lot of Stanton Heights elementary school, prompting lockdown
  4. Son charged in dismemberment death of Penn Hills couple
  5. Steelers lookahead: Chiefs’ Charles injured but remains dangerous threat
  6. Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 release
  7. Route 981 sewage project could cost less
  8. Former Charlotte coach to lead Riverhounds
  9. Squirrel Hill lawyer suspended from practicing until September
  10. Pitt coach Chryst expected to take Wisconsin job
  11. Ex-Pittsburgh mayoral candidate back in jail
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.