TribLIVE

| Home


Weather Forecast
 
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. Steelers-Texans game changers: Bell’s 43-yard catch provides spark
  2. Rookie Bryant sparks deep passing game
  3. Steelers use 3 late first-half TDs to stun Texans
  4. Rossi: Steelers’ season all about going big
  5. 12-year-old’s donated heart joins families, lets her memory live
  6. Geibel goalie saves game during shootout, beats Carlynton
  7. Pittsburgh police officers start wearing video cameras
  8. Steelers notebook: Adams replaces concussed Gilbert
  9. Connellsville falls to Seneca Valley in first-round soccer playoff game
  10. Serra Catholic boys soccer team loses WPIAL 1st-round game to Avonworth, 1-0
  11. State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.