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Arnhiem and Neely was the property management company for the Trimont Condominium complex in Mt. Washington during the period of time the alleged thefts by their employee, Donna Gritzam.
We are enclosing the following report from KDKA for further clarification on his matter.
MT. WASHINGTON (KDKA)- A 73-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 from her former employer.
Donna Gritzan, of Carnegie, worked as the property manager for the Trimont Condominiums on Mount Washington from 1990 until 2014. She was employed by Arnheim and Neely, a property management firm.
Gritzan was in charge of coding credit card expenses and providing supporting documentation and detail to Arnheim & Neely. She was issued a credit card to be used for general office supplies and emergency situations at the Trimont.
The current property manager for the Trimont Condominiums discovered charges on Gritzan’s credit card statements that were believed to be for personal benefit, not the Trimont.
The investigation revealed that Gritzan used the credit card for personal purchases including gas, groceries, restaurants, building supplies and gardening supplies. Investigators also say she used the credit card for things like shoes, clothing, auto repairs and even plumbing services at her home.
The total amount of money spent on personal things was $75,440.33.
KDKA’s Heather Abraham went to Gritzan’s home Wednesday morning, but no one answered the door. Her lawyer and the attorney for the Trimont complex refused comment.
Gritzan was charged with theft by unlawful taking, access device fraud and receiving stolen property. She turned herself into police on Tuesday and was released on bond. She will have a hearing on the charges on Dec. 17.
For this reason and many more make sure your Property Management Company has a dedicated accounting staff with the ability to monitor and provide loss protection.