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Former Allegheny County employee pleads guilty to stealing $100k-plus from aunt's estate

| Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
A man walks down the grand staircase at the Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. 
Photo taken March 6, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A man walks down the grand staircase at the Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Photo taken March 6, 2013. Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The Allegheny County Courthouse rises above Grant St., Downtown, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Trib Total Media
The Allegheny County Courthouse rises above Grant St., Downtown, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
The Allegheny County Courthouse
Keith Hodan | Trib Total Media
The Allegheny County Courthouse

A former Allegheny County Treasurer’s Office employee pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection to charges that he stole more than $100,000 from his aunt’s estate.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Cashman sentenced Murray Goppman, 62, of Monroeville to 10 years probation and ordered him to pay $110,000 in restitution for counts of theft and misapplication of entrusted property, according to an email from Mike Manko, a spokesman for the county District Attorney’s Office.

The complaint was filed in Feburary , and Goppman was suspended from his job without pay.

His last day as a county employee was March 2, said Amie Downs, a county spokeswoman. He had worked for the county since 1991. As of last year, he made $43,405 as a special real estate coordinator.

An investigation started late last year when officials from the county’s Orphan’s Court requested the DA’s office look into the handling of the estate of Hena Jules of Wilkins, who died in June 2014.

Jules was Goppman’s aunt and had left her entire estate to her sister, the complaint said. It’s not clear how Goppman took control of the estate.

The complaint says Goppman used the money to purchase a 2008 Ford Expedition, withdrew thousands of dollars in cash and withdrew or spent $28,190 at two strip clubs: The Penthouse Club on the North Side and at Club Controversy on the South Side.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Theresa at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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