Catholic School Administrator Admits to Embezzlement

Modified: November 13, 2018 5:23pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 57-year-old Dennis Potozniak of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class “D” felony. The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest possible charge in the case against him.

While employed as the business administrator for South Buffalo Catholic Schools, the defendant admitted to writing false checks for tuition reimbursement and raffle winnings, which he deposited into an account for himself. Between April 2014 and April 2017, the defendant embezzled $49,418 from Notre Dame Academy and South Buffalo Catholic School.

Potozniak faces a maximum of 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit.