PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Goodwill chief financial officer Suzanne Hribik was arraigned on Monday, accused of using the charity’s funds for trips, dinners and personal charges.
Hribik reportedly used company credit cards for lavish trips to Miami and Myrtle Beach, dinners in top restaurants and everyday charges for car repairs and groceries.
The affidavit says Hribik hid some $54,000 in bogus charges as computer purchases from Dell and Best Buy over a 12-month period. Irregularities were discovered by Goodwill staff at its headquarters in Lawrenceville.
According to the affidavit, Hribik was confronted with the charges by Goodwill chief executive officer Michael Smith. He said she hung her head, said nothing for several minutes and then conceded that all the charges were her own and none were for Goodwill.
Prior to coming to Goodwill in November of 2008, Hribik had been CFO of the human services group, Family Links. She has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Clarion University.
Her alleged actions have shocked employees of Goodwill that entrusted her with the financial oversight of the entire organization.
Smith released the following statement: “Our organization moved swiftly to address this issue and as we move forward, we continue to focus on the important role Goodwill plays in changing the lives of so many people.”
The statement goes on to say that none of the money stolen was federal, state, donor or grant money, but that Goodwill will be seeking restitution from Hribik.
Hribik was arraigned Monday night and released on her own recognizance.