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June 6, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that William Ahern (DOB 05/01/56) of 28 High St., Armonk, New York was arraigned today on an indictment charging him with:

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

Over the period of nearly two years, between Sept. 24, 2012 and April 11, 2014, Ahern, the owner of A Plus Transportation, located at 57 Alexander St., in Yonkers, while aiding and abetting and acting in concert, with co-defendant Anna Sollozzo, Transportation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers Board of Education, allegedly stole approximately $280,000 from the City of Yonkers for bus services that were never provided for the Nepperhan Community Center.

The defendants created a phantom bus route by invoicing the Board of Education for bus pickups at the Nepperhan Community Center, when in fact no buses were ever 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. That office along with the Yonkers Police Department were instrumental in this investigation.

Bail was set at $25,000. 

The defendant’s next court date is June 7, 2016. 

He faces an indeterminate sentence of not less than 3 years and not more than 15 years in state prison.

Anna Sollozzo (DOB 05/06/62) of 101 Highland Ave., Yonkers, New York was sentenced on June 1, 2016  to two to six years in state prison after having pled guilty last December to:

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

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 with the assistance of Certified Forensic Investigator Steven Sassone.

 

William Ahern