Former employee charged with stealing from Pittsburgh real estate company

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A Conway woman surrendered this morning on charges that she stole more than $50,000 from a Pittsburgh real estate company.

Robin Morrow, 39, was awaiting arraignment this afternoon on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with records.

Ms. Morrow began working for Union Real Estate as a temporary employee in September of 2012 and became a full-time employee there in January of this year, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

During that time, a detective with the Allegheny County district attorney's office wrote, Ms. Morrow was responsible for collecting payments from residents, recording them in a Skyline software program and depositing them into the bank.

She was "the sole ... company employee who handled the cash payments, recorded the payments and deposited the funds into the bank," Detective Jackelyn Weibel wrote.

This May, another employee, who is not named in the affidavit, told the company's controller that some payments weren't being properly posted to tenant's accounts, others were being made improperly and most of the odd entries involved cash-paying tenants' accounts.

The controller left a message asking to speak with Ms. Morrow on May 13. She called off work the next day citing a family emergency and never returned, according to the affidavit. The company fired her a short while later, the detective wrote.

Union Real Estate hired a company called The Nottingham Group to conduct an audit and learned that $51,896.48 had been collected but had not been deposited into Union Real Estate's bank accounts. Most of the odd entries were made using the log-ins "TEMP" or Ms. Morrow's initials "RMM," Detective Weibel wrote.

Detective Weibel and another detective met with Ms. Morrow at Chick-Fil-A in Robinson last month to discuss the theft.

Detective Weibel wrote that Ms. Morrow could not explain why cash taken from tenants was not deposited into the bank or why other ledgers appeared to have been altered to cover the theft.

She quoted Ms. Morrow as saying, "I see what you are saying; it looks really bad," and "If I were you, I would arrest me."


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