Tartaglione sentenced to nearly 7 years for draining millions from nonprofit

Paul Kurtz
July 12, 2018 - 8:37 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Renee Tartaglione, member of a well-known Philadelphia political family, has been sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison for ripping off a nonprofit mental health clinic. 

She's also been ordered to make full restitution. 

In issuing his sentence, Judge Joel Slomsky said the 63-year-old Tartaglione used public funds like a piggy bank. 

She was convicted last year of siphoning nearly $2.5 million from the Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic, totaling 53 counts of fraud, theft, conspiracy and tax evasion. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bea Witzleben said Tartaglione started her racket after becoming president of the board of the nonprofit. 

"She actually purchased the building that the clinic was renting and then over the course of the next several years started jacking up the rent dramatically to a really exorbitant rate. The clinic went from paying $4,500 a month to $25,000 a month for the same building," Witzleben said.

Witzleben asked for a much harsher sentence but the judge refused, noting the defendant's otherwise exemplary record serving the city in a number of positions. 

In the pleading for leniency, Tartaglione told the judge, "I am heartbroken and deeply sorry for all this."