UPDATE: Fazio Guilty of Theft Charges, Acquitted of Others in 770 Sandy Street Case

See a timeline of complete coverage of the case and the saga of the condemned luxury condo.

According to The Times Herald, Robert Bruce Fazio was found guilty today of theft by deception, theft by not making required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property, but not guilty of risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of others for his flawed construction of the condemned luxury condo he owned at 770 Sandy Street.

See a timeline of the entire story here.


Original story:

Both sides rested on Friday in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Robert "Bruce" Fazio – the developer responsible for the condemned luxury condo at 770 Sandy Street – and after over two years of municipal scandal and legal maneuvers, Judge William Carpenter may finally provide some answers when he issues a ruling in the matter expected sometime today.

According to The Times Herald, Fazio is charged with recklessly endangering the welfare of others, endangering a catastrophe, defrauding creditors and theft for the structural issues that caused his luxury condominium complex at 770 Sandy St. to be condemned in May 2010. Fazio's lawyer contends that his client is law-abiding developer who was misled by Norristown officials who continually approved his flawed plans.

We've created a timeline for the Herald's complete coverage of the case going back to May 2010 and check back with Norristown Patch for the latest update on the verdict.

View our timeline here.

jeff keatley June 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
James Myers (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Hi Jeff, We definitely settled that back in April – it's George Schiele of Schiele's Auto Sales & Service. You can read the story here (http://norristown.patch.com/articles/need-a-mechanic-we-ve-got-the-guy). I haven't been able to swing by and present him with his certificate, but I definitely have one for him!
Boro Taxpayer June 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I wonder if the D.A.'s office are going to go after the officials in Boro hall who wanted to "SPIN" it so it didn't come back on them. I hope the investigation isn't over!!!!!
Mary Ellen Digregorio June 25, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Well let just say the Curtain has been pulled down and Norristown Great and Powerful OZ Council has and will exposed...... MORE TO COME......
John Sailor June 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
They need to fire all the boro people and start over. The boro still is kowtowing to morabito bakery who violates a bunch of ordinances all the time. Last nite around 10 p.m. they had a big box truck and their forklift loading up some big industrial sized bins in violation of the ordinance. That is supposed to stop at 6 p.m., and the box truck was loading after 7 p.m. a couple of weeks ago. FIRE THEM ALL SO THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN GET HONEST REPRESENTATION!
Francine Graglia June 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I hope those poor people move forward with their lawsuit against Norristown Boro. They are the ones who allowed this to happen. As a property owner and former Realtor who has dealt with code for years I can attest to the fact that they have never had leadership nor key personnel...they are just incompetent order takers and do whatever council tells them to do.
henry eroh June 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM
this is sad as unless there is corruption how can code officials mislead- the codes are written in plain english I imagine and if you are not sure how about asking question's- it is guys like this one that give honest contractor's a bad rap- you must remember codes are pretty much law and ignorance of the law is no excuse- Alot of these code people are idiots as some of them are in a power run but there are those that take their jobs seriously- If the contractor's would do what is honest and right there would be alot less problems but greed is at every corner so it is tough- I have been fortunate with the inspector's I have dealt with have been great and even helpful over the years- there is one Mr. Caddin in Downingtown who is a by the book guy but he will go out of his way to help you if you have any question
Francine Graglia June 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Henry, Norristown code dept signed off on everything and gave U and O's. Even if the contractor isn't sure about something a sign off by a code official means it is good. Norristown admitted that at this time they were lacking leadership and key personnel, however, that was a sorry excuse as they never have had either of those things.
John Sailor June 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Just like the cop who tries to keep people from complaining about morabito bakery who again violated the law and had a delivery today June 29th after 7 pm, so will the rest of the town ignore citizens and kowtow to businesses and contractors destroying the town further with noise, disruptions and other illegal activities. The town won't tell morabito about their illegal deliveries. The ordinance is clear, yet the bakery did another drive by after 10 p.m. on Monday night, June 25, 2012, then another today after 7 p.m. Section 220-4 Noise B. The following acts are declared to be unlawful: Deliveries, unloading, and opening of commercial goods between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Francine Graglia June 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Yes John, Action = Results and since all the taxpayers who are capable of voting would rather ignore what is happening than do something about it. it is a losing battle. Do you residents know that 60% of the taxpayers in Norristown are investors and not able to vote? Council has you all wrapped around their little corrupt fingers.


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