Lazzari to be sentenced Nov. 10
BELLE VERNON – The borough’s former tax collector is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10.
Driscilla J. Lazzari, 57, of 219 Wood St., was charged with theft by unlawful taking, embezzlement by a tax collector and tampering with public records for overbilling mortgage companies that kept tax payments in escrow accounts.
She was accused of stealing or misappropriating nearly $63,000.
At a Monday council meeting, Solicitor Mark Galper said Lazzari has pleaded guilty.
Council in June received $15,852 from Lazzari’s bonding company, Zurich Insurance Co.
The bonding company agreed to pay $6,000 to cover real estate tax payments Lazzari did not submit to the borough and about $12,000 paid to accounting firm Cypher and Cypher to conduct audits that revealed the missing money.
Police said Cypher and Cypher determined that $62,788.11 was missing from the borough’s tax account from 1998 to 2004 – after borough Secretary Donna Bitonti noticed irregularities.
Lazzari has agreed to make restitution and enter into Fayette County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders.