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Penn Hills Superintendent Files Police Report On District Finances

PENN HILLS (KDKA) - The acting Penn Hills School Superintendent filed a report on Monday asking the Penn Hills Police Department to investigate the possible misuse of credit cards and funds.

Many taxpayers in Penn Hills were displeased after learning that the school district is missing a significant about of money.

This latest news comes on the heels of a recent audit that showed for the past three years, the district has spent more than its budget allowed.

Now, it has a shortfall of $10 million.

"We got all this debt. I just think this whole school district is a big problem. I don't know what's going to happen, find out what the investigation brings out," Tom Dancisin said.

Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said Dr. Nancy Hines turned over paperwork over around 2 p.m. Monday.

Sources tell KDKA-TV at least three employees may have used the district credit cards for personal use.

"We're just starting on it right now. It doesn't seem to be a lot of money. I just guess more concern with the employees with the activities on the credit cards," Chief Burton said.

The district released a statement late Monday afternoon, but said it would have no further comment at this time.

The full statement reads:

As noted recently, the Penn Hills School District Board of School Directors has authorized and insisted on immediate audits of all business practices. These investigations are being spearheaded by Dr. Nancy Hines, Acting Superintendent. Over the weekend, one of these internal investigations reached a level, whereby it became appropriate and prudent to involve Chief Howard Burton and the Penn Hills Police Department in consideration of formal police charges. Dr. Hines filed a police report this afternoon and offered what the District believes to be documented evidence of theft and fraud. As this matter involves personnel, no further comments will be offered at this time.

"Whoever is in control of the money end of it needs to be relieved. Simple as that," Jim Richards said.

The police investigation in expected to take about a week.

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