ShareThis Page
Beauty academy president faces arrest |

Beauty academy president faces arrest

| Saturday, August 16, 2003 12:00 a.m

Pittsburgh Beauty Academy President Arthur B. DeConciliis Sr. has added another problem to his growing stack of troubles: he’s now a wanted man.

DeConciliis failed to appear at a preliminary hearing Friday morning before District Justice Mark Mansour, of Hempfield Township, on charges he issued a bad check to a former instructor from the now-closed Greensburg school.

“An arrest warrant has been issued,” Assistant District Attorney Jim Hopson said nearly an hour after DeConciliis failed to appear for the 9:30 a.m. hearing.

Former instructor Tammie Lee Garris, who filed a criminal complaint against DeConciliis for issuing her a bad payroll check for $1,100, was stunned he didn’t attend the hearing.

“Of course, I’m not real happy. I just can’t believe he didn’t show up for $1,100,” she said outside the courtroom. “Now it’s going to cost him a lot more to hire a lawyer because they’re going to arrest him.”

Garris, along with her father, Paul Henry, traveled from Homer City, Indiana County, for the hearing. Chris Fenner, of Connellsville, another former instructor who said he received one of the last valid paychecks issued by DeConciliis, was present as a witness for Garris. He is now employed at another salon.

Garris served as an instructor at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy’s Greensburg school for four years and is now an instructor for Empire Beauty Academy in Monroeville.

In addition to her $1,100 paycheck from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, Garris lost money for missing work for Friday’s hearing.

“I took the day off,” she said. “Now I have to take another day off for another hearing.”

She said she also owes her parents a great deal of money for supporting her between her jobs.

Garris also had hoped to recoup some $600 she is owed in vacation pay, but will have to pursue reimbursement for that money in civil court.

The Greensburg staff was the first group from the academy’s four schools that walked off the job April 23 after not being paid since April 8.

Schools in Charleroi and New Kensington also have closed their doors because the staff had not been paid. Some staffers at the main campus in Pittsburgh have not returned to work.

A second Greensburg employee has filed a criminal complaint against DeConciliis for issuing a bad check. The request is under review by the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office.

Attempts were made to contact DeConciliis at his office in the Pittsburgh school, but an automated answering machine said the voice mailbox was full, then disconnected the call.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.