Former CEO accused of theft in DuBois retirement community | WTAJ

DUBOIS, Pa. (WTAJ) – A former administrator and CEO of retirement community Christ the King Manor has been charged after allegedly stealing nearly $170,000 and using it for personal gain, the county prosecutor announced Monday. of Clearfield, Ryan Sayers.

Samuel Zaffuto, 64, of DuBois 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; ten counts of theft by unlawful taking; concealment of stolen property; fraudulent access to devices; and seventeen misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking.

After Zaffuto was fired, police conducted a forensic audit and interviewed staff members. Investigators found that from May 2017 until Zaffuto’s termination in July 2019, he fraudulently disbursed, embezzled and/or misappropriated funds and manpower, causing Christ the King Manor to suffer a loss. financial contribution of $169,179.49.

Police allege that during Zaffuto’s time as director and CEO, unbeknownst to the board, he placed various donations in a “charity account” which he used for personal purposes, including , but not limited to, to support Sykesville AG and Youth Fair. .

Zaffuto also allegedly bought a 2018 Ford F-150 truck, costing around $58,000, unbeknownst to the board. He used this truck for personal purposes and to pull his food trailer to various fairs and festivals. He was accused of having employees of Christ the King Manor work at Sykesville AG and the Youth Fair and of attending annual State Fair conventions while paying those employees with funds from Christ the King Manor .

Zaffuto served as a director and CEO of Christ the King Manor from May 2004 until July 2019, when he was terminated from that position due to the discovery of “numerous concerning issues”.

“Financial crimes like these are unfortunately a reality that directly affects the lives of many seniors and many members of our communities,” District Attorney Sayers said. “Thanks to the hard work of Trooper Katherine MacTavish and Corporal Matthew Steele, and the cooperation of the Christ the King Manor Board of Trustees, we were able to uncover these crimes and seek justice.”

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Zaffuto is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing and is out on an unsecured bond of $100,000.

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