The son of a Delaware Township elected official was sentenced to six months in jail Monday for stealing from the township while he was a maintenance worker there, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anthony F. Amato Jr., 34, will be on community control (probation) for three years after he is released from jail. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to a single theft count, admitting he stole about $4,400 from the township between Nov. 2009 and May 2010, including using township funds to buy himself a computer, clothes and other personal articles.
When township trustees hired Amato as a part-time employee, he faced a felony crack cocaine possession charge, to which he later pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors allege Amato’s mother, Delaware Township Fiscal Officer Phyllis Amato, overpaid her son for time he didn’t work. Charged with theft in office and misuse of credit cards, she is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 28 (a Sept. 27 trial date was recently indefinitely postponed.
Anthony Amato said at a court hearing last month that his mother directed him to use the township credit card to buy office supplies and have them shipped to her house.
Phyllis Amato, 60, makes $16,000 a year, and is responsible for all Delaware Township finances. While she has resisted calls to resign from office, she is not running for re-election this coming November.