Liberty woman charged with 7 counts of forgery, theft by deception
A Liberty woman will have a preliminary hearing in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on theft by deception and seven forgery counts.
A spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said charges were filed on Monday against Gina Kucsmas, 36, in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
A county affidavit quoted officials of the Biancheria & Maliver PC law firm as saying Kucsmas, “a trusted employee ... responsible for maintaining the company's QuickBooks software system,” produced seven fraudulent checks to herself totaling $10,481.53.
The affidavit was written by Jackelyn Weibel, a detective in Zappala's office who was called to Biancheria and Maliver on May 15.
Weibel wrote that the checks were written in the first four months of this year and were discovered in a May 2 audit. The affidavit said Kucsmas cashed the checks at an Ace Check Cashing outlet.
Weibel said law firm partner Deborah Maliver sought to confront Kucsmas but she fled before the auditor arrived.
Later, Kucsmas allegedly admitted in a text message that she had forged Maliver's signature and that of law firm partner Christine Biancheria.
Biancheria and Maliver's Pittsburgh law firm deals with medical malpractice cases. Maliver is a board-certified internist as well as an attorney.
Kucsmas was arrested on Thursday. Bond information was not available at presstime and family members could not be reached for comment.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30 p.m. before Allegheny County Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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