March 13, 2012, Philadelphia: The District Attorney’s Office has charged 42 year old Anita Guzzardi with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Forgery, and Unlawful Use of a Computer. Guzzardi, the former CFO for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, turned herself into District Attorney’s Detectives shortly after 8am this morning. Guzzardi is accused of stealing over 900 thousand dollars from the Archdiocese from 2005 until the summer of 2011.
The investigation into Guzzardi began in July of 2011 when American Express (AMEX) contacted the District Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Unit to report some suspicious activity with two AMEX accounts of Anita Guzzardi. It was discovered that the defendant had used numerous checks drawn from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia general fund to pay on her two personal accounts. In total from 2005 to July of 2011 Guzzardi used 184 Archdiocesan checks to pay her AMEX bills. It was also discovered that Guzzardi had been paying her personal Chase credit card with Archdiocesan funds, and in total she used 146 Archdiocesan checks for that account.
The District Attorney’s Cyber and Economic Crimes Unit has been able to retrieve 150 thousand dollars from Guzzardi, which will be returned to the Archdiocese.