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Former Munhall manager at center of fraud scheme

The former borough manager of Munhall, located in close proximity to Pittsburgh, was recently arrested for overpaying himself in excess of $230,000.

The 44-year-old man suddenly quit his position last June, leaving the borough with the task of putting together financial records after three years of negligence. According to a criminal complaint filed by a detective with the district attorney's office, he has been charged with four counts of theft by deception.

The detective said the man, "had the responsibility for payroll, was in the position to intentionally omit payroll reports, destroy and/or falsify certain payroll records to disguise certain payroll fraud schemes such as overpayments of payroll to himself and under-withholding of Social Security and federal income tax on his fraudulently inflated pay."

He began working for the borough in 2009 as a part-time employee but was later promoted to the position of borough manager. During his three years on the job, he was overpaid by $230,784.70.

Once a new manager took over, it was found that the man's personnel file records were destroyed and his file left empty. Furthermore, the borough's tax collector continually advised him that he should have the necessary financial audits completed. However, this was something he avoided time and time again.

This story goes a long way in showing that employees in this position need to be open and honest at all times, ensuring that others understand what they are doing. In this case, it appears that the man made a mistake along the way that has landed him in hot water with local authorities.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Former Munhall manager accused of theft" Robert Zullo, Apr. 01, 2014

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