FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Western District of Pennsylvania
700 Grant Street - Suite 400
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
PITTSBURGH BEAUTY ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH FAILING TO REFUND FEDERAL FUNDS
United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, April 6, 2004, that Arthur B. DeConcillis, President of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of failing to refund student financial aid funds.
The one-count indictment named DeConcillis, age 75, who resides at 2836 Knowlson Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226.
Ms. Buchanan stated that the indictment presented to the court alleges that DeConcillis has been the President of Pittsburgh Beauty Academy since 1999. The indictment further alleges that, since 1999, DeConcillis has illegally retained approximately $83,000 in student aid funds which the Academy received from the United States Department of Education. The indictment charges that DeConcillis should have returned the funds to the Department of Education because the students for whom the funds were provided failed to complete their programs of study at the Academy.
Ms. Buchanan stated, "Federal regulations require a school to refund Department of Education funds within sixty days from the date the student drops out of class. In the case of approximately 68 Pittsburgh Beauty Academy students who left the school prematurely, the financial aid provided by the Department was not returned to the government as is required by law."
Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $20,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Department of Education - Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.