PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -A former manager with the West Penn Allegheny Health System has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that he used to gamble.

Ira Johnson, 52, of Penn Hills, is accused of stealing a total of $713,357.04, by diverting electronic funds and direct deposits into his personal bank account.

Bank records show Johnson stole 141 electronic fund transfers totaling $542,114.60 from August 2007 through April 2009.

From May through November of 2011, Johnson allegedly stole 119 insurance reimbursements for WPAHS patients in the amount of $171,242.44.

Officials said he then withdrew money at a number of local casinos, including the Rivers Casino, The Meadows and Presque Isle in Erie.

Johnson was the former manager of patient financial services as well as the manager of revenue/cash receipts.

He was fired in 2011 and will be sentenced later this year.


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