Ex-Tarentum constable guilty of falsifying warrants; acquitted of theft
An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday convicted a former Tarentum constable of falsifying arrest warrants to illegally collect more than $2,800 and sentenced him to serve 18 months' probation.
Timothy Dzugan, 49, must repay the amount he took as restitution, Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski ruled.
Dzugan was acquitted of theft — the two most serious counts he was facing.
During Dzugan's non-jury trial last week, prosecutors said he submitted and was paid for nearly 150 invalid warrants.
District Judge Carolyn Bengel, who serves Tarentum, Harrison, Brackenridge and Fawn, ended her office's relationship with Dzugan after discovering the irregularity.
According to court documents, Dzugan collected $350 owed to the court by a defendant but never turned the money over to Bengel's office. He instead held it until the defendant could raise the total amount due.
Dzugan later returned the money to the defendant after another constable picked him up on the same warrant and he was brought before Bengel for nonpayment of fines.
Authorities said Dzugan's actions were a violation of proper constable procedures, which prompted the investigation.
Dzugan, who was employed as a code enforcement officer for Tarentum, was last elected as a constable for Tarentum in 2009.
He works in the Tarentum Public Works Department.
Tarentum Mayor Carl Magnetta and Manager Bill Rossey separately said they hadn't heard about the verdict.
Rossey said he couldn't comment.
“As far as I know, he's a good worker,” Magnetta said.
He said he would talk with the borough's solicitor about any impact of the verdict on Dzugan's borough job.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.