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Fox Investigates: Subject Faces Judge


A carpenter for Philadelphia schools, who resigned after Fox 29 Investigates caught him working a side job on city time, faced a judge on Monday.

William Pellegrini worked for nearly 30 years as a school district carpenter, until late last year when he up and retired.

He had some strong incentive.

Fox 29 Investigates had just asked him why he was working side-jobs on school time.

Now, he's plead no contest to criminal charges.

This fall, Fox 29 Investigates tracked Pellegrini for two weeks.

We watched as he spent hours away for his school district job, cutting molding and hauling construction material, as part of his own re-modeling business.

He sometimes used his school district van to do it and he claimed on timesheets he was working for taxpayers the entire time. He quickly retired when we confronted him, but was later arrested.

When we asked what he was doing, he denied wrongdoing and tried to lay blame on a very close relative.

Despite all those denials, Pellegrini in court plead no contest to criminal charges including theft by deception.

He handed over a money order for $1,900 in restitution and applied for accelerated rehabilitation.

Under the program, the charges will eventually be wiped from his record if he keeps his nose clean.

He didn't immediately return a call for comment.

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