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Local woman sentenced for embezzling over $8.5 million from former employer

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A former controller for a local contracting company has been sentenced to at more than five years in prison for an embezzlement scheme.

According to court documents, Sue O’Neill, 55, of Sewickley, embezzled approximately $8.7 million over nine years while employed as the controller for Marco Contractors, Inc.

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Officials said O’Neill and another person used $6.7 million of that stolen money to fund another company they started called Bulldog Contractors LLC. The other $2 million of those funds went into O’Neill’s personal bank account.

Among other things, O’Neill and her partner bought two 1969 Ford Shelby GT500s for about $160,000 each and spent about $163,000 renovating a 1969 Ford Mustang.

Court documents say O’Neill also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on jewelry and a country club membership.

On top of that, O’Neill filed false income tax returns because she did not declare the stolen funds as taxable income.

She was sentenced in federal court to 64 months in prison for wire fraud and filing false income tax returns.