Renee Tartaglione guilty of bilking $1 million from nonprofit mental health clinic

A member of a politically connected Philadelphia family has been convicted of defrauding a nonprofit mental health clinic out of about $1 million for her personal benefit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a U.S. District Court jury convicted Renee Tartaglione Friday of conspiracy, theft, fraud and tax evasion.

The 61-year-old Tartaglione was indicted last year and charged with taking $1 million from the Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic between 2007 and 2012 through a pattern of self-dealing. She was the clinic’s landlord and president of its board of directors.

Prosecutors say she charged the clinic exorbitant rent and as president of the board ensured the rent was approved.

Her lawyer argued it was no crime to raise rent and attacked the credibility of witnesses.

Tartaglione is a former city elections official and sister of state Sen. Christine Tartaglione.

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