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Former official accused of stealing from Plum-based company waives hearing

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 8:54 p.m.

A former top financial officer at a Pittsburgh-area home-building company accused of stealing nearly $200,000 has waived his preliminary hearing.

Shawn Hofmeister, 41, of Harrison City is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count of stolen property.

He waived his preliminary hearing before Plum Magisterial District Judge Linda Zucco on April 6.

Court records list a lawyer for Hofmeister but also list that lawyer's status as inactive.

Formal arraignment in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court is set for May 24 at 1 p.m.

Hofmeister is accused of embezzling $185,952 to buy fast food, groceries and clothes, and to fund his cleaning business.

According to the criminal complaint, Hofmeister was chief financial officer of Meritage Group, a Plum-based custom home-building company, for seven years until he was fired in 2014.

James Rumbaugh, company president, told investigators that payroll records indicated Hofmeister deposited $166,065 in excess of his salary into his personal bank account.

Rumbaugh reported Hofmeister paid $19,887 to his own company, Crystal Clear Cleaning Services, according to the complaint.

Hofmeister had sole control over payroll work at Meritage Group, the complaint said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367 or

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