Police: Ex-president of Bethel Park Jr. Cheerleading admits to embezzling thousands

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A Bethel Park woman called herself a "shopaholic" after she admitted to embezzling nearly $19,000 across two years as president of the Bethel Park Jr. Cheerleading board of directors, spending the money on diet pills, luggage and remodeling her home, police said.

Mary Schneir, 41, is charged with theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud, both felonies, online Allegheny County court records show.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 26.

The investigation started after the cheerleading group elected a new board and Ms. Schneir left her post as president, Bethel Park Detective Fred Paganico said.

Ms. Schneir initially "made excuses" when asked by other board members for the organization's bank statements, according to a criminal complaint.

The board noticed a string of strange cash withdrawals and thousands of dollars in credit card payments and notified police, according to the complaint.

Ms. Schneir bought a three-piece luggage set, diet pills and items for her daughter's dance recital, according to the complaint.

"She was in control of everything, so no one really questioned her when she did the bank statements," Detective Paganico said.

He added when she surrendered to police on Friday, she admitted to taking the money.

Ms. Schneir "stated that she is a 'shopaholic' and is living well beyond her means," according to the complaint. "[She] stated that she felt bad for what she had done and wanted to apologize to the whole organization."

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Alex Zimmerman: azimmerman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3909. Twitter @AGZimmerman.


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