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Former Westmoreland man ordered to repay $327,000 in thefts

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 9:51 p.m.

A former Westmoreland County man has been ordered to repay more than $320,000 to an Uniontown ambulance service during his one-year participation in a pretrial diversionary program.

Judge Gerald Solomon permitted David Cunningham, 37, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., to enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

Cunningham, formerly of North Huntingdon Township, was charged last year with three counts of theft and one count of forgery.

He was hired in June 2002 as a manager of American Ambulance Inc.

Between April 2003 and July 2005, Cunningham allegedly sold company property, illegally obtained company reimbursement checks and used company funds to buy personal items, according to an investigation by Uniontown police.

Cunningham also overpaid himself, and his wife, Kathy, by almost $96,000 and created a job for his mother, to whom he paid $24,000 in 2004, police said.

Solomon ordered Cunningham to pay $327,887.48 in restitution and complete 50 hours of community service.

ARD, which is for nonviolent, first-time criminal offenders, does not require defendants to make an admission of guilt.

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