Matt Swartz’s Probation Officer Works for Him at Farmers’ Cabinet


The woman you see in this photo is named Christina Quartullo. She is a waitress at Logan, the bar recently opened at 20th and Arch by Farmers’ Cabinet owner Matt Swartz. She was working there on Wednesday night. Quartullo also works weekends at the Farmers’ Cabinet. But her day job is as a probation officer for the City of Philadelphia, and one of her probationers is, yep, Matt Swartz.

You may remember that Swartz was arrested back in December, after state police raided the Farmers’ Cabinet, which was operating as a bar even though its liquor license had expired. Swartz, who previously spent time in federal prison for wire fraud, had claimed that he did have permission. But it turns out that permission was a forgery, according to police, and Swartz was charged with said forgery.

On May 16th, Swartz entered a negotiated plea agreement, pleading guilty to one count of tampering with a public record and two counts of serving beer without a license to do so. Prosecutors agreed to drop the forgery charge. And Swartz was sentenced to up to 12 months probation. That’s where Probation Officer Christina Quartullo comes in.

Quartullo is listed in the City of Philadelphia phone directory as working in the Adult Probation department of the First Judicial District of Philadelphia. A source inside the probation office confirms that Quartullo is clearly listed as Swartz’s probation officer and says that Quartullo has made a few notes in his file, with her name logged with each entry. And if you call a random probation officer and ask them who Swartz’s probation officer is (we called two), they tell you the same thing: Christina Quartullo.

According to sources inside the Farmers’ Cabinet, Quartullo began working for Swartz prior to his sentencing in May, but it is unclear whether her employment under Swartz began before or after his arrest in December. It is also unclear how Quartullo wound up with her boss in her case load. What is clear is that it is a huge conflict of interest.

The head of Adult Probation, Chief Charles Hoyt, deflected all calls to Deputy Court Administrator Richard McSorley, who said that his office would investigate the matter immediately. Swartz and Quartullo did not respond to requests for comment. And Tasha Jamerson, spokesperson for District Attorney Seth Williams, whose office prosecuted Swartz’s case, says that her office is looking into whether any laws have been broken.

Meanwhile, Swartz is scheduled to meet with Quartullo at the probation office next week.

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  • dwphilly

    As Method Man would say……”Get ‘Em”

  • Dan

    The level of corruption in this city never ceases to amaze.

    So we lock poor people up for simple possession offenses that harm only themselves, but repeated fraudsters that harm countless members of the community operate with impunity. Philadelphia – gotta love it!

  • tjt

    does this mean she’ll send him to prison when her paycheck bounces like those of pretty much every single other employee he’s ever had?

    • PokkelAttleyuvu

      just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
      didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
      there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
      bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • sirius77

    another boring victor vs matt story……yawn

  • jedichef

    @sirius77….. agreed. it would be nice he ever posted a positive story about any of the many talented and creative people in the philly restaurant biz that was not part of his click….. talk about “conflict of interest”

  • Steve

    We get it, you don’t like Matt Swartz!

  • Ml

    So I guess your saying that a probation officer can’t have a part time job and other city officials can like city police and there the ones that are corrupt all the probation officer is doing is trying to earn some extra cash and people want to make a big deal about it I don’t get it

    • Dork

      How can you not understand the conflict of interest?

    • JB


    • Random

      You can have another job but it must be reported to the city and not a conflict of interest. It is like being a cop and then going to work for drug dealers. One can’t compromise the other. This is common knowledge for all city employees. They are allowed to make extra cash but it can’t compromise or violate your city position.

  • Mark Brandon

    Just to clarify, it’s called the Farmers’ Cabinet….not the Farmer’s Cabinet.

    • DrVampyre927

      Does it matter, really?

  • JohnnyB

    This article accomplished one thing… it cost a woman her career and future. Well played Victor!

    • Dan

      As it should.

    • She knew it was wrong. If she asked her Supervisor, she would have been told the same thing. Do YOU want someone with such poor judgement working to supervise parolees? How do you think this story came about? Somebody In the probation office contacted the media. She only has herself to blame.

      • Random

        It wasn’t the probation office who ratted. It was from inside the restaurant. Probably gave her all of the good shifts and showed favoritism. Plus if you aren’t getting paid like someone mentioned, you would definitely have an axe to grind with him.

  • PayUs

    As someone who worked there WITH this girl, I can confirm what this article cannot – she did start AFTER Fcab was shut down in December.

    He is out of control. Also, he owes all of us hundreds and hundreds of dollars in unpaid but taxed income from 2013 and 2014.

  • IronworkerThugVictim

    Are you folks dense. She’s a ghost employee. She’s working at that bar making CASHHH while she’s supposed to be at work getting paid as a Probation Officer. LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER!! Her mother was an employee of Sen Vince Fumo. How do u think she even got the job at the Probation Office. DIG DEEPER THERES MORE TO THIS STORY. At a minimum she allowed her probationer to commit a fraud by allowing him to circumvent tax laws paying his employees under the table. Greedy mfrs. why no arrest????? Wheres the mug shot for her??? Ya right

    • Jack

      Please share….what do u mean by there is more to this story?

  • Boo-urns

    More shenanigans from a guy who shouldn’t even still be in the restaurant/bar industry. How does he keep opening new places??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Who does he have naked pictures of???????

  • Jack

    Legally speaking….didn’t they both have the responsibility of reporting this ASAP? Seems that not only should she be fired but that Matt is violating his probation by not reporting this. Doesn’t violating probation mean jail time?.. One can only hope.

    • Random

      He has no obligation to report this, she does. Him not reporting this is not a violation, it was her job to do so. Despite popular belief, everything isn’t a violation of probation, just more the lines of an ethical violation. What she did was wrong but not illegal.

  • Guest

    Looks like she would have lost her job anyway since Logan and Sutton’s Parlor both closed today. And then there was one.