A Cranberry couple pleaded guilty today to stealing from their children's trust fund in order to support a lavish life style.
46-year-old Daniel Pompa and his wife, 44-year-old Merily Pompa, were charged in October 2010 with looting the trust funds of two children who were orphaned in 2003 when their biological father killed their biological mother and then committed suicide. Following the murder-suicide, custody of the children was awarded to the Pompa's on the basis that Merily Pompa was related to the children's mother. The Pompa's, who eventually adopted the children and remain their adoptive parents today, began to systematically loot a large trust fund that had been set up for the children after they lost their parents.
Appearing today before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kevin Sasinoski, the Pompa's pleaded guilty to eight counts of misapplication of entrusted funds and were sentenced to 16 years probation and ordered to repay 1.4 million dollars. The Pompa's were also ordered to make sure that all future social security benefits for the children are received by the children.