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Mt. Oliver police chief charged with theft, forgery waives right to hearing

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By Margaret Harding
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:27 p.m.
 

The Mt. Oliver police chief accused of stealing more than $8,000 from his department on Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing, online court records show.

Frank Mosesso, 48, of Bon Air is charged with theft, forgery and misapplication of entrusted property. The hearing initially was set for Friday before District Judge Richard King.

Mosesso's attorney, Bill Difenderfer, did not respond to a request for comment.

Detectives for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office in May accused Mosesso of using 14 checks from a Mt. Oliver police bank account to pay personal credit card bills, a Bill Me Later account, an $842 electric bill and a T-Mobile cellphone bill, according to a criminal complaint.

He told investigators the Bill Me Later payment might have been to buy Apple iPods, the complaint said.

The checks, written between November 2006 and June 2011, total $3,323. Mosesso also is accused of writing nine checks made payable to cash that total $4,753.

Mosesso went on paid leave with a shoulder injury in October 2012.

Mosesso told investigators that when he became chief in 2001, then-council President Martin Palma told him to open a police department checking account for money obtained through fees from the magistrate and Common Pleas Court.

Mosesso said the money was for police equipment and training, and that he reimbursed himself when he used his personal credit card.

Palma told investigators he did not authorize Mosesso to make withdrawals from police checking accounts.

Acting police Chief Matt Juzwick spoke with the FBI and district attorney's investigators during the fall about the police accounts at First National and Citizens banks. He said the accounts have been closed.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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