Former CEO accused of stealing $170,000 from retirement community
Criminal charges were filed on Friday against Samuel Zaffuto, the former CEO of Christ the King Manor. He is accused of stealing approximately $170,000 from DuBois, PA, retirement community.
Zaffuto, 64, is charged with two counts of corrupt criminal organizations; three counts of criminal theft by failing to make the required disposition of funds; two counts of felony theft by deception; 10 counts of theft by illegal taking; concealment of stolen goods; fraudulent access to devices; and 17 misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking.
He was released Monday on an unsecured $100,000 bail as he awaits a preliminary preliminary hearing on May 27, court records show.
The former administrator and CEO allegedly made various donations to a fake charity account he set up for personal use, largely to support Sykesville AG and the Youth Fair. He did so without the knowledge of the board, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
Additionally, Zaffuto allegedly bought a 2018 Ford F-150 truck that cost around $58,000, also without the knowledge of the board. He used the truck for personal purposes and to pull his food trailer to various fairs and festivals, authorities said.
Zaffuto is also accused of using Christ the King Manor funds to pay some of his employees to work at Sykesville AG and the Youth Fair and attend annual state fair conventions. Additionally, the Christ the King Manor Auxiliary Committee had a concession stand at Sykesville AG and the Youth Fair which reportedly averaged $12,000 per year, but Zaffuto did not provide the profits to the Auxiliary, officials said.
The charges stem from a lengthy investigation by DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police Private Katherine MacTavish into the financial records of Christ the King Manor during the time Zaffuto was the administrator and CEO.
Zaffuto was the Administrator and CEO of Christ the King Manor for over 15 years. His job was terminated in July 2019 due to the discovery of “numerous concerning issues”, the district attorney’s office reported.
Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan P. Sayers told the The McKnight Business Daily that due to a five-year statute of limitations, the investigation only focused on the alleged theft from 2017 until Zaffuto’s termination in 2019.
“He has only been charged since May 2017. However, this behavior has been going on for longer than that. He can only be charged on the basis of the statute of limitations. …[H]It was clear that we were taking money and embezzling money from the institution [before 2017]“, said Sayers.