Sunday, November 30, 2008
Former Pennsylvania Nurse Recruiting Exec & Football Star Pleads Guilty To $400K Theft
Anthony J. Aliucci, 39, of Mars, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty last week to one count of mail fraud admitting he embezzled some $400,000 from his employer, Global Nursing Solutions, Inc., based in Pittsburgh. Alliucci, who was once a star quarterback at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was originally indicted last February on fraud charges alleging losses of as much as $1 million. He had been contracted originally by the company in 2003, but was later hired directly, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2005. According to the criminal complaint, Aliucci claimed expenses intended for recruitment costs on nurses that went to him directly. Aliucci also secretly formed a shell company, IHC, to which the company paid for services never performed. Further, he had the company pay NNI, a company based in North Carolina to which Alucci was indebted substantially, "hundreds of thousand of dollars."