Mount Oliver's former police chief, accused of stealing cash seized during investigations and using department money to pay his credit card, utility and other bills, surrendered to detectives Thursday afternoon.
Frank C. Mosesso, 47, of Bon Air, faces theft, forgery and misapplication of entrusted property charges after he allegedly took cash from evidence envelopes for personal use and wrote checks from the department's account to Bank of America, Capital One and Duquesne Light, as well as to replace the money he took from evidence, according to a criminal complaint filed by investigators from the Allegheny County district attorney's office.
Mr. Mosesso is accused of taking about $8,275 in all, as well as forging the name of another police employee on some checks.
Mr. Mosesso, a Mount Oliver officer since 1997 and chief since 2001, told detectives he was authorized by borough officials to put seized cash into police bank accounts and use the accounts for whatever the department needed. He also claimed he was told he could "take what he needed" from the department checking account and use his personal credit card for police expenses, then reimburse himself, the complaint says.
Borough officials, in interviews with detectives, denied giving Mr. Mosesso such authorizations.
"When asked why he would reimburse himself when no legitimate law enforcement expense is found on his personal credit card, the actor stated that he could not explain why," the detectives wrote, adding that Mr. Mosesso offered to take responsibility for any financial discrepancies and pay restitution.
Attempts to reach several Mount Oliver officials Thursday afternoon, including acting Chief Matthew Juzwick, who was serving in that capacity when the investigation began in September of last year, were not successful.
Mr. Mosesso was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment before District Judge Richard G. King. His attorney could not reached.
Robert Zullo: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @rczullo. First Published May 22, 2014 4:36 PM