Vigorito must pay fines, do community service for training fraud
By Justin Wier
A former Mahoning Valley Sanitary District manager will serve one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors.
Anthony Vigorito, 42, of Niles pleaded guilty to attempted forgery, criminal noncompliance with the state’s safe-drinking water law and tampering with records, all misdemeanors.
A Mahoning County grand jury earlier this year indicted Vigorito on six felonies – two counts each of forgery, criminal noncompliance and tampering with records. Court records cited two class sessions involved in the tampering, one in 2013 and one in 2014.
In addition to the probation, visiting Judge Thomas J. Pokorny ordered Vigorito to pay $3,000 in fines and serve 100 hours community service. He will also relinquish his professional certifications.
Vigorito faced a maximum of five years in prison and $12,000 in fines.
While issuing his sentence, Judge Pokorny said he took into account the fact Vigorito already lost his job because of his actions.
The MVSD board eliminated his position after having placed him on leave. He earned $77,000 annually.
Working as the MVSD’s plant operations manager, Vigorito issued training certificates to 26 Youngstown Water Department employees who had not completed the required training.
Those employees pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of falsifying contact hours in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Atty. Martin White, who represented Vigorito, said his client “had no idea he was committing a crime” and did not receive any personal financial gain from issuing the certificates.
Court records show Vigorito received $100 per person for two-day classes.
Vigorito cut corners in issuing the certificates and didn’t realize the water department employees would receive raises for completing the training, White said.
Only three of the 26 employees required the training for their positions.