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    Police: Employee stole $44K from PSU
    former Penn State employee was charged Monday with felony counts of
    theft and receiving stolen property after police say she used
    university credit cards in a scheme that cost the school more than
    $40,000.Tonya Sunday, a former Health and Human Development research
    assistant and project coordinator, used her Penn State-issued credit
    card to buy ink cartridges and ink toner, which she later sold for her
    own profit, according to court documents.”Obviously, it’s unfortunate
    that apparently a trust was violated,” university spokeswoman Annemarie
    Mountz said. “We do want to emphasize that the person suspected has
    been caught and charges have been filed.”Police said Sunday — whose
    embezzlement ran from August 2006 to January 2009 — sold the ink toner
    to a company in Utah, sold other items on and reported
    fraudulent mileage to pay for her parking.

    The 36-year-old was
    placed on leave without pay at the beginning of the investigation and
    was ultimately dismissed from her position, Mountz said.Sunday, 163
    Edith St., also used Penn State mail services to ship the items she
    sold on the Internet, police said.Mountz said another employee was
    suspicious of Sunday and reported the concerns to a financial
    officer.The university’s auditing department then conducted an
    investigation and discovered a number of discrepancies with sales
    receipts and invoices, police said.

    When police contacted
    Sunday, she said she used her company credit card to purchase the items
    and sell them for her own profit — costing the university about
    $44,275, police said. She told police she also bought items with the
    university credit cards and gave them to family members, according to
    court documents.Ann Crouter, dean of the College of Health and Human
    Development, referred all comment to Penn State public information.

    Penn State employees have purchasing cards, which can be used for
    hotels, meals and other items, Mountz said. The university has an
    ethics hotline that allows employees to anonymously report concerns to
    a third party.”We have nearly 40,000 employees here that are honest and
    ethical,” Mountz said. “I think in general the vast amount of employees
    hereare ethical and want to do the right thing.”Sunday’s preliminary
    hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 25 in the Centre County