ShareThis Page

DA gets report on money missing from Charleroi schools cafeteria

| Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 8:08 a.m.

Charges might be filed shortly in the case of money purportedly missing from the Charleroi Area School District's cafeteria department.

State Trooper Matt Gavrish of the Belle Vernon Barracks said Wednesday that he sent findings of his investigation to Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone.

Vittone said he expects to review the report soon.

Vittone spent much of today in the City of Washington, where his drug task force, in cooperation with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the state police, the Washington County Adult Probation Office and the City of Washington Police Department, conducted a sweep operation. Warrants were issued for 52 suspects.

Gavrish would not comment on whether more than one person could face charges in the Charleroi Area case.

He previously said state police had a couple persons of interest in the case and that more than one person could be charged. Vittone said it is his policy to not comment on specifics of cases until charges are filed.

Charleroi Area Superintendent Dr. Brad Ferko said he had not yet received a copy of the state police report.

“We're not sure when charges will be filed,” Ferko said. “They better be filed, that's all I've got to say.”

Ferko previously vowed that charges would be filed, adding at the time, “We will not have people steal from this district,” he said.

He said the missing money would not affect student cafeteria accounts.

Gavrish said the forensic audit of cafeteria money has been completed, but added the amount of money missing would be revealed when charges are filed, not before. He said news reports listing the amount of money allegedly stolen were premature.

Ferko previously said he was made aware of concerns involving cafeteria finances Nov. 2.

He credited business manager Crystal Zahand and former food services director Andy Bergman with alerting him to problems with the account.

Bergman, employed by food service contractor Nutrition Inc. in West Newton, was recently promoted to a regional manager post in the company.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.