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New Kensington woman accused of theft from pet hospital

| Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

A New Kensington woman stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Monroeville pet hospital, according to charges filed this week.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office charged Jennifer Schneiders, 34, with multiple theft counts and receiving stolen property. Schneider turned herself in Thursday and was released on her own recognizance. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 24.

Schneiders worked as a bookkeeper for AVETS, a 24-hour pet hospital on Northern Pike, according to a criminal complaint filed against her.

AVETS fired her in September after learning she edited her timecard to receive additional pay, the complaint said.

Upon further review of the books, the hospital director and an auditor discovered cash was missing from bank deposits and that Schneiders used several methods to conceal thefts over about a 26-month period before she was fired, the complaint said.

Detectives determined that about $398,000 earmarked for deposit into an AVETS' bank account was not deposited, the complaint said.

Investigators also found that the hospital director did not authorize the deposit of a company check for about $8,700 into Schneiders' account, the complaint said.

Schneiders and her attorney did not return calls for comment.

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