Erie police officials and District Attorney Jack Daneri say they will refile the theft charges which were dismissed yesterday against a former Saint Vincent Hospital employee.The case was dismissed when a key hospital employee failed to appear in court.
Charges had been filed against 29-year-old Tony Bruno, a former employee of the Saint Vincent Foundation for allegedly using a company credit card to make more than 15 thousand dollars worth of unauthorized purchases between May and October of 2012.
The charges were dismissed when Saint Vincent Foundation Executive Director, Kevin Moore failed to show up for a preliminary hearing at District Magistrate Dom Dipaolo's office.
Prosecutors say they don't know why Moore didn't show. They confirm he was advised of the hearing date and other Saint Vincent employees did come to court.
Deputy Erie Police Chief Donald Dacus said, "It's my understanding that the hearing took place, a representative from Saint Vincent failed to show for the hearing and therefore the case was dismissed. Basically we need an administrative person or legitimate victim to represent the hospital so we can proceed forward with charges."
According to the DA's office, the hospital does want to proceed with the case. Police say they have been instructed to refile the charges.
Sources say there may be consequences for the hospital executive who failed to attend the court proceeding. 12News called Saint Vincent Foundation today and Kevin Moore was not available, but hospital officials still list him as leader of the foundation.