Pitt employee accused of spending $30K on university credit card


An arrest warrant has been issued for a University of Pittsburgh employee accused of charging more than $30,000 in personal purchases to a university credit card, police said.

Authorities said Pitt police have charged 41-year-old Brenda Pecora, of North Huntingdon, with access device fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, Pecora’s supervisor in the Department of Plastic Surgery told police that of the more than $55,000 charges to credit card between August 2012 and Jan. 23, more than $31,000 was unauthorized.

Pecora, who was issued the card for department expenses, used it fraudulently 114 times, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Pecora told detectives she used the card at Best Buy to buy items for her kids, and also used it at Staples, Walmart, Office Depot and HH Gregg.

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