Reporting Ross Guidotti
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More allegations of misuse of funds in the Pittsburgh Police Department are coming out Friday.
The police department’s finance manager, Sandra Ganster, is saying that former police chief Nat Harper had her put money into an unauthorized account, our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
Ganster’s attorney, William Difenderfer, told the newspaper that the finance manager was told to keep $3,000 in the account and that she knew something didn’t quite feel right about the money. Difenderfer says since 2008 or 2009, he thinks as much as $28,000 to $37,000 was placed in the account in question.
Difenderfer told the newspaper, “Like she said, I guess the best way to describe it was, ‘It had an odor, but the chief directed me to do it, and I did what he told me to do.’ She didn’t feel comfortable with it … but obviously complied.”
The Post-Gazette says neither Harper nor his attorney was able to be reached for comment.
Federal investigators started looking into corruption allegations regarding Harper and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in January.
Since the investigation started, several sources have stepped forward saying Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Harper were aware of and actively using a non-governmental slush fund to pay for item such as dining, alcohol and a condo used for the mayor during the G20 Summit.