© 2023 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Catholic school administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement

Notre Dame Academy

A Catholic school administrator has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000 over a three-year period.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Dennis Potozniak, 57, of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia Tuesday to one count of grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony.

DA John Flynn says while employed as the business administrator for South Buffalo Catholic Schools, Potozniak wrote false checks for tuition reimbursement and raffle winnings, which he deposited into an account for himself. Flynn says between 2014 and 2017, Potozniak embezzled $49,418 from Notre Dame Academy and South Buffalo Catholic School.

The former administrator now faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced in February.