A woman accused of stealing more than $190,000 from her employer faced a judge on Tuesday.
Regina Vescio, who worked as the accounts payable clerk at Allegheny Pipe and Supply Co. in Robinson Township, faces a charge of theft by deception.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by Channel 11 News, the company’s external auditor noticed 81 large checks made payable to Vescio totaling more than $192,000.
The company’s bank account requires two signatures on its checks. The signatures of the other account signers on those checks were forged, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators said Vescio confessed in a meeting with the company’s management to writing the checks to herself and forging the signatures
According to the criminal complaint, the checks were written from June 2008 to Jan. 2015.
As she left court, Vescio confronted a Channel 11 News photographer and attempted to cover the camera’s lens with her hand and said, “Don’t look at me.”
Vescio, who was arrested in January, waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
She was charged with stealing $190,869 because the statute of limitations had run out for the remaining amount.