Apparently the prospect of seven years in prison has wiped the smirk off Vito Costa’s face.
We have a quick update on the Vito Costa case, a story we first broke here on Talk of the Sound on June 8, 2009.
Costa was arraigned last week on one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony based on evidence that Costa “submitted weekly time sheets which falsely reflected hours worked”. The DA alleges that each Costa would claim that he worked on school grounds from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm when, in fact, he worked a fraction of that time. Investigators from D.A.’s office observed the defendant off school grounds engaged in “activity unrelated to his school job”.
Costa, who is out on bail, is scheduled to appear in court on September 18th, 2009. He faces a maximum of two and one half to seven years in state prison.
Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of the charging document in the case (pdf) for your enjoyment.
So far the District has refused to comment on the case but rest assured Marty Daly is gearing up to claim that Costa disappearing in the middle of the work day was a “past practice” and thus “protected” under the contract, Organisciak already has his “isolated incident” routine prepared and the school board is still deciding who will play Kikazaru (covering his ears), who will play Mizaru (covering his eyes) and will play Iwazaru (covering his mouth), in the BoE’s latest adaptaion of “The Three Wise Monkeys”.