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Ex-Seton Hill employee guilty in $30K theft

| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The former admissions director at Seton Hill University pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and forgery charges for stealing nearly $30,000 from the school.

Sherri D. Bett, 36, of Grove City, was sentenced by Westmoreland County Judge Debra Pezze to five years on probation, including a year on house arrest.

Bett was ordered to repay the money she stole between May 1, 2008, and Aug. 17, 2011.

According to court records, Bett has repaid the school $5,000. She was ordered to make monthly restitution of $500 for the next year and then $1,000 monthly until the debt is satisfied.

Bett was hired in 2007 to run Seton Hill's admissions department. In August 2011, school officials began to suspect improprieties, according to police.

An investigation found that Bett used school credit cards for items such as groceries, gasoline, hotel stays, gift cards and to take her staff to a Pirates game.

Confronted by police, Bett eventually admitted her guilt, according to court records.

“I had no money to see my daughter and needed to buy her clothes for school,” Bett told police.

Seton Hill officials fired Bett after she confessed to the thefts.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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