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Woman accused of bilking more than $80,000 from employer to pay for beauty products, clothing, shoes

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
Anne Dushac of Aliquippa.  She is accused of stealing more than $70,000 from a local consulting firm.  The defendant was arraigned yesterday at Pittsburgh Municipal Court and released on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing at 8;00a.m. on May 20, 2013.
Anne Dushac of Aliquippa. She is accused of stealing more than $70,000 from a local consulting firm. The defendant was arraigned yesterday at Pittsburgh Municipal Court and released on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing at 8;00a.m. on May 20, 2013.

The operations manager of a Strip District consulting firm stole nearly $80,000 from her employer to pay for personal beauty products, cell phone bills, clothing and shoes, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Anne Dushac, 28, of Aliquippa is charged with theft and access device fraud, accused of bilking money from Tripp Umbach, said DA's Detective Jackelyn Weibel. Dushac was arraigned Tuesday at Pittsburgh Municipal Court and released without bail.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday.

Tripp Umbach hired Dushac in June 2008 as office manager, Weibel said. As the economy worsened and the company laid off employees, Dushac's title changed to operations manager and her duties broadened to include handling all of the company's accounting, Weibel said.

Company officials discovered unauthorized charges to Dushac's company-issued American Express credit card when Dushac was on maternity leave in December 2012.

When confronted, Dushac first said she inadvertently used the company card instead of her personal credit card. The company fired her.

A more thorough investigation showed Dushac used the card and wrote 18 checks totaling nearly $80,000 for personal expenses. She paid AT&T and Sprint cellphone bills and shopped at stores such as Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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