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 user 2009-03-19 at 12:23:55 pm Views: 77
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    Police: Employee stole $44K from PSU
    A 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.

    Many 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 Courthouse.