Four charged with stealing iPads from Cal U

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Four people, including a former Community College of Allegheny County employee who helped administer the nursing program at California University of Pennsylvania, were charged in connection with a ring alleged to have stolen dozens of iPads from Cal U, authorities said today.

According to Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone, Shannon Wallace, 41, of Carmichaels and the others face charges in connection with alleged thefts over the last two years of 51 iPads worth $21,460.

Cal U police working with detectives from the district attorney’s office filed criminal complaints against her and the three others arrested, all residents of Carmichaels.

Investigators allege that Ms. Wallace would order the iPads for the program, steal them from Cal U and then take the iPads to resale stores. She sold them there for cash, or in some cases distributed them to family members and acquaintances “to assist in disposing” the stolen devices, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.

Ms. Wallace is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, tampering with or fabricating evidence, misapplication of entrusted property, conspiracy and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, investigators said.

The others arrested and the charges facing them are Howard F. Wallace Jr., 41, charged with receiving stolen property, dealing in proceeds from unlawful activities, theft by deception and conspiracy; Stephanie Yoder, 20, charged with receiving stolen property, dealing in proceeds from unlawful activities, theft by deception and conspiracy; and Ryan S. Havanis, 30, charged with receiving stolen property, dealing in proceeds from unlawful activities, theft by deception and conspiracy.

The four were arraigned Monday and Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Joshua P. Kanalis and face preliminary hearings on Jan. 13.

Cal U spokeswoman Christine Kindl said Shannon Wallace, while a CCAC employee, was assigned to Cal U, where she was a “medical administrative assistant” who took care of administrative/secretarial duties for the nursing program.

“She is not an instructor or a program director,” Ms. Kindl said. “She is no longer on our Cal U campus.”

The university released a statement that read in part: “California University holds everyone who works on this campus to the highest standard of conduct, and we are distressed by these allegations of wrongdoing by a CCAC staff member assigned here ... We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as this case moves forward.”

Ms. Kindl said that that under a collaboration between Cal U and CCAC, students take classes at the university toward an associate nursing degree from CCAC. Nursing courses are taught by Cal U faculty and non-nursing courses are delivered by CCAC faculty, she said.

CCAC spokeswoman Elizabeth Johnston said Ms. Wallace was employed as a secretary from Dec. 4, 2006, through Oct. 15 of this year. She said the college had no additional comment.

Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1977.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1977. First Published December 17, 2013 5:05 PM

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