Horse Rescue Founder Guilty of Mail and Tax Fraud

Pam Vivirito
Pam Vivirito

Cabot, PA – Equine Angels Rescue founder, Pam Vivirito, has plead guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion. Sentencing has been set for July 20 by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti. The guilty plea comes after an investigation into Vivirito’s handling of Equine Angles Rescue’s finances and taxes.

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Prosecutors found that Vivirito used nonprofit resources, including cash, to pay for personal bills and items, and she filed a fraudulent 990 form with the IRS. On the 2013 990, the last form publically available, Vivirito listed personal compensation as $46,877 when in reality it was approximately $93,000. The 990 lists only 2 people on the governing body, which would seemingly make it illegal for Vivirito to have compensation as a majority of the board of directors, not including the person being compensated, can vote on compensation, and typically not more than 49% of the board of directors can be employees or compensated.

The FBI investigated Vivirito’s affair with a local businessman, which she used to extort donations from him in exchange for keeping the affair a secret from his wife.

Vivirito is no stranger to lawsuits. Only 2 years after filing her nonprofit in 2013, Vivirito was sued by 5 people for blackmailing them into signing over their horses. The lawsuit stated that Vivirito would sneak onto people’s property, take photos, then threaten to expose them to the media if they didn’t sign them over. “She comes on the property and makes you out to believe she has authority to do this, when in turn she has no authority,” Brian Arendosh said. “She uses the media for donations and also to advertise her horses after she takes them.”

Mark Brletrick had his horses seized by Vivirito, but a judge ordered her to return the horses, and Brletrick says they came back in worse condition.  “Basically they didn’t do anything for them.  She stated at the court hearing they did farrier care, they needed teeth floated, they were lacking weight, they were full of worms and basically they came back with no farrier care, nothing was done.”

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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