PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — To fulfill its mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania relies on the generosity of the public to supply clothing, goods and cash.
But now, the charity accuses the person hired to oversee those finances, Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Hribik, of stealing more than $50,000 intended to benefit the people she was hired to serve.
In a statement, Goodwill President and CEO Mike Smith says quote:
“Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania recently discovered the theft of approximately $54,000 in funds by Suzanne Hribik, its former Vice President of Finance and Technology, who is no longer with Goodwill.
“In accordance with our corporate compliance policy, this matter has been turned over to law enforcement. Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is an organization with a rich history of making a difference. We are working through this situation with a continued focus on the important role we play changing the lives of so many people.”
Goodwill confirms that Hribik was fired on February 29 and that the alleged theft involved the misuse of credit cards.
Hribik has not been charged with any crime, but the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office confirms a criminal investigation, saying it’s reviewing financial records supplied by Goodwill to determine if a crime has been committed.
Hribik wasn’t home Monday at her Mt. Lebanon house, but KDKA’s Andy Sheehan has learned that prior to coming to Goodwill in November of 2008, she had been CFO of the human services group, Familylinks.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Clarion University.
Despite the alleged theft, Goodwill wants it known that they have a long history and tradition of serving the disadvantaged and that history and tradition will not be disrupted.