An Aliquippa woman was charged Tuesday with stealing nearly $80,000 from the Strip District company where she worked.
Annie E. Dushac, 29, of Aliquippa is charged with two counts of theft and access device fraud.
According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by investigators for the district attorney's office, Ms. Dushac was hired by Tripp Umbach Inc., a consulting company, as an office manager in June 2008.
She was responsible for day-to-day office management, and in April 2009, took on more responsibilities, including reconciling credit card and bank statements and issuing payments by check, investigators said. She also was given a company credit card to pay for employee travel.
When Ms. Dushac went on maternity leave in December 2012, another employee filling in for her discovered a number of personal charges on the company credit card, as well as checks payable to Ms. Dushac as "reimbursements," the affidavit said. In one instance, the company's accounting software showed that the same check written to Ms. Dushac was listed as having been paid to "Cannon Copiers."
When interviewed by detectives, the criminal complaint said, Ms. Dushac admitted using the company credit card for personal expenses. Among the stores where it was used were Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Candy Warehouse, Apple web store, Costco, Kmart, Giant Eagle, Home Depot and Lowe's.
The affidavit asserts that $79,824 of charges on the company credit card were for Ms. Dushac's personal benefit.
She has been released on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing May 20.
Paula Reed Ward: email@example.com or 412-263-2620.