Jeannette woman charged with stealing $50,000 from Teamsters credit union
A Jeannette woman has been accused by Westmoreland County detectives of embezzling more than $50,000.
Martina M. Papa, 62, is accused of taking funds from Teamsters Local 30 Federal Credit Union since 2008. She was arraigned Friday and is free on $10,000 unsecured bond.
Papa is charged with taking money from credit union accounts to repay personal loans and other expenses, according to court documents. She was hired in 2006 and was fired March 5.
An accountant hired by the credit union in March determined Papa took as much as $52,607 between December 2008 and March, court records show.
The day Papa was fired, she admitted to a credit union official she embezzled the money and manipulated records, a law enforcement spokesman said.
“Ms. Papa has fully cooperated with the investigation and is extremely remorseful,” said her attorney, Matthew Schimizzi. “She just got caught up in a situation that she could not get out of.”
Papa is charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by unlawful taking and misapplication of entrusted property.
A preliminary hearing is set for July 30.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.