By Matt Youngfrau
LIBERTY September 26, 2003 A jury in the Town of Liberty found Frank Cuttita guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor on Tuesday the first of its kind in the state.
According to Assistant County Attorney Thomas Cawley, Cuttita had been charged with operating an adult care facility without approval. In fact, Cuttita was running three illegal homes two on Neversink Road and one on North Main Street, all in Liberty.
The Sullivan County Attorneys Office has been working closely with the State Attorney General, Welfare Inspector General and Department of Health for three years on the case.
The case was prosecuted by Andrew Weiss of the state Attorney Generals office. Debra Greenfield of the New York State Department of Health headed the investigation.
Also assisting were the Sullivan County Sheriffs Department, Liberty Police, Sullivan County Family Services, Community Services, and Public Health Services.
Cuttita was being fined $1,000 a day for the illegal operation. The fines have not been paid, and they now stand in excess of $400,000.
Cuttita will be sentenced by Liberty Judge Jeffrey Altbach on December 2.
He is facing a maximum of one year in jail.