Anthony J. DiFilippo, who served six months in jail for killing a 16-year-old in a hit-and-run in 2014, pled guilty Friday to padding an insurance claim after the teen's mother rammed his garage door and damaged his car on March 6, 2017.
DiFilippo, 43, of Michael Drive, struck Ryan Fischer while the teen was walking with his girlfriend on the 2900 block of Krueger Road just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014. Ryan Fischer died of his injuries shortly after.
Investigators say DiFilippo was texting at the time of the crash.
DiFilippo pleaded guilty in May 2016 to attempted leaving the scene of a fatality crash and was sentenced in September to six months in jail and five months of probation.
The following March, DiFilippo was confronted at his home by the dead boy's mother, Lisa Fischer.
Lisa Fischer reportedly rang his doorbell, pounded on his windows and kicked his door.
According to Niagara County Sheriff's Office deputies, DiFilippo said he went outside to talk to her, and Lisa Fischer drove toward him, but he moved aside and she struck his garage door and damaged his car. Police later charged Lisa Fischer with felony driving while intoxicated, assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment in that incident.
DiFilippo then inflated the insurance claim on the damaged caused by Lisa Fischer, leading to his arrest on insurance fraud earlier this year. He accepted a plea offer Friday to fifth-degree insurance fraud, a misdemeanor, after Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Richard C. Kloch, Sr. promised to cap his sentence on that charge to one year of weekends in the Niagara County Jail.
The deal is intended to allow DiFilippo to continue paying $5,415 in restitution owed to the Crime Victim's Board, as a reimbursement for a payment to the Fischer family for Ryan's death, according to Assistant District Attorney Joel Grundy.
If DiFilippo pays off the restitution by the end of his year-long sentence, Kloch said he would only give DiFilippo six months in jail for violating probation on the hit-and-run charge. If DiFilippo fails to pay off the restitution, he could face up to four more years in prison.
"If he doesn't pay the restitution, all bets are off," Kloch said.
DiFilippo will return before Kloch on March 22 for sentencing.