Pitt employee charged with illicit credit card spending

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An employee at the University of Pittsburgh has been accused of charging more than $30,000 in personal purchases to a university-issued credit card.

Brenda Pecora, 41, was given a credit card called a “P-Card” in September 2012 for expenses related to the university’s Department of Plastic Surgery.

Ms. Pecora’s supervisor told police that, in a routine audit review, he noticed charges were being made to the card from various stores, including Staples, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, as well as online retailers, according to court documents.

The court docket cited Ms. Pecora's "reputation for criminal activity" in the affidavit for probable cause. Court documents show that, in July 2010, she was charged with writing bad checks at a Giant Eagle in North Versailles.

Police have charged Ms. Pecora with access device fraud.


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