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Manager accused of embezzling from store

Authorities are accusing the former manager of an Allegheny County sporting goods store of committing embezzlement against the store. Prosecutors claim that the man stole more than $100,000 over a five-year period. The defendant pleaded not guilty on Jan. 30 to the charges, which include several theft and embezzlement charges.

The defendant was formerly the manager of 3D Graphix, a sporting goods store in Richland Township. The owner of the store claims that he found a significant difference between the amount of money charged to customers and the amount of money the manager was reporting.

The owner hired a forensic accounting firm. The accountants said that the audit found that someone altered sales invoices to have part of the sales given to the defendant in cash. Authorities also accuse the defendant of having checks intended for the store to be made out in his name and using a company credit card for unauthorized purchases. He is facing six counts of felony theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and other charges.

White collar charges like the ones in this case can include serious possible penalties. Cases of alleged embezzlement can be complex, requiring prosecutors to turn to accountants to find the accused theft. Fortunately, the government is not the only party that can look into the evidence. A defense attorney representing someone accused of white collar crimes may hire an independent accountant to conduct an outside audit that could provide a different account of what happened.

Source: The Tribune-Democrat, "Westmont man faces trial in embezzlement case," Patrick Buchnowski, Jan. 30, 2013

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