Tarentum constable charged with theft for improper billing

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A Tarentum constable has been charged with theft after investigators say he invoiced the Allegheny County controller's office for more than $2,700 in arrest warrants that were never served.

Timothy Dzugan, 49, is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, and a misdemeanor count of unsworn falsification to authorities. He will be notified of the charges, filed Monday by the Allegheny County district attorney's office, via summons.

According to a district attorney's office criminal complaint, only three of 150 warrants on Mr. Dzugan's invoice fee sheet had actually been served -- all other warrants had been canceled, paid in full or returned.

Staff from District Judge Carolyn S. Bengel in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison started looking into the matter after she noticed an "irregularity" in Mr. Dzugan's service of a warrant. She ultimately removed him from working in her office.

Mr. Dzugan could not be reached. An attorney was not listed in court records.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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