Archive for March 13th, 2012

Anita Guzzardi Arrest

March 13, 2012

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.



Personnel Matters

March 13, 2012

March 12, 2012, Philaelphia:  Deputy District Attorney Brian Grady has left the office to return to the private practice of law.  Mr. Grady was part of District Attorney Seth Williams’ original transition into office on January 4, 2010 when he was named head of the DA’s newly formed Special Operations Division.

“I was impressed by Brian’s energy and ideas when we were both campaigning for office,” said District Attorney Seth Williams “and I’m grateful for the two-plus years that Brian took away from his law practice to help start up my new administration.  I wish him luck with his new endeavors.”

“I was honored and proud to be tapped by Mr. Williams to start up the Special Operations Division,” said Grady. “When I came on board we knew it would be for a limited time, I wish the DA and the office much success in the future.”

Mr. Grady will be continuing his professional life in the private practice of law with a concentration in corporate and internal investigations.