Woman charged with forging deeds

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The sister of former Pittsburgh police chief and current Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa has been charged with more than two dozen criminal counts after investigators said she manipulated property records to take her siblings' names off their parents' deeds.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Allegheny County district attorney's office, Angeline Costa-Gifford, 56, of Jefferson Hills, is charged with 11 counts of theft, 12 counts of forgery and one count of unsworn falsification to authorities.

She turned herself in on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, the deeds to the properties were first changed in 2003 to include the parents and seven children. But in October 2006, Ms. Costa-Gifford changed the owners again, removing her siblings and leaving only her parents, herself, her husband and son, according to the complaint.

Several of the Costa siblings claim that the signatures on the documents removing their names do not belong to them.

The complaint alleges that the changes were made by a fellow notary at Tucker Arensberg, where Ms. Costa-Gifford worked, even though her siblings were not present.

There are seven properties involved in the charges, including on St. Joseph Street, Ormsby Avenue and Churchview Avenue, with a total value in 2006 of about $208,000.

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