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Dec. 21, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Anna Sollozzo (DOB 05/06/62) of 101 Highland Ave., Yonkers, NY pled guilty today to:

  • one count Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony.

Over the period of nearly two years, between Sept. 24, 2012 and April 11, 2014, Sollozzo along with William Ahern (DOB 05/01/56) of 28 High St., Armonk, NY who was charged with:

  • one count Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony,
  • one count of Rewarding Official Misconduct in the Second Degree, a class "E" Felony,

while aiding and abetting and acting in concert, allegedly stole approximately $280,000 from the City of Yonkers for bus services that were never provided for the Nepperhan Community Center.

William Ahern, owner of A Plus Transportation, located at 57 Alexander St. in Yonkers and co-defendant Anna Sollozzo, Transportation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers Board of Education, created a phantom bus route by invoicing the Board of Education for bus pickups at the Nepperhan Community Center, when in fact no buses ever were dispatched. Ahern then would submit false invoices for the services that were never provided. Sollozzo would knowingly approve these invoices for payment, notwithstanding the fact that these services were never provided.

During this same time period, Ahern was secretly depositing monies into Sollozzo's personal bank account totaling $107,250. A Plus Transportation had contracts for bus services with the City of Yonkers totaling approximately $2,805,612 for the period from Sept. 24, 2012 through Feb. 7, 2014.

Sollozzo, who was a Yonkers City public servant, in turn approved invoices for the buses that were intended to be provided for the Nepperhan Community Center, with full knowledge that the bus services were never provided by A Plus Transportation.

In addition, Sollozzo, from March 8, 2011 to April 14, 2014 neglected to remit a total of $282,398 to New York State Income Tax.

The fraud came to light as the Yonkers Inspector General was investigating an unrelated complaint.

Sentencing for Sollozzo will be on April 25, 2016.

She faces a maximum of fifteen years in prison.

Ahern's next court date is Jan. 7, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Public Integrity Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau are prosecuting the case.

 

Anna Sollozzo

Anna Sollozzo