Philadelphia: Dignam Sentenced for Fraud, Embezzlement

Former Senior City of Philadelphia Official, Leo Dignam Sentenced to Over One Year in Prison for Fraud and Embezzlement

PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Leo Dignam, 61, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine by United States District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno for a scheme to defraud the City of Philadelphia of approximately $150,000 over the course of several years.

In November 2020, Leo Dignam pleaded guilty to wire fraud and embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds.  At the time of the charged offenses, the defendant was an Assistant Managing Director in the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office and, prior to serving in that position, was a long-time employee of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (“PPR”) Department, having risen through the ranks to serve as the Deputy Commissioner for Programs.  In these positions, he oversaw the administration of major events in the city, such as the Philadelphia Marathon, the Broad Street Run and the Mummers Parade.  Mr. Dignam worked for the City of Philadelphia for approximately 38 years.

Over the course of several years, from 2012 through 2019, Leo Dignam misused two bank accounts he controlled on behalf of the City that existed to support the work of PPR, namely, recreational activities for citizens. 

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