Cheektowaga resident who embezzled $49k from Catholic schools sentenced

BUFFALO – A Cheektowaga resident who was the business administrator for South Buffalo Catholic Schools will spend part of the next two months behind bars after admitting to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Dennis Potozniak, 57, to two months of intermittent incarceration followed by five years probation.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn’s office says that Mr. Potozniak admitted to writing false checks for tuition reimbursement and raffle winnings while he worked for the schools.  Between April 2014 and April 2017, he embezzled a total of $49,418 from Notre Dame Academy and South Buffalo Catholic School.

In November 2018, Potozniak pleaded guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class “D” felony. He pleaded guilty to the highest possible charge in the case against him.

He has paid $65,000 in restitution.

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

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