PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local teacher and former school board member accused of embezzling funds from the teacher’s union has turned himself into police.

Ed Maritz, Jr., of McKees Rocks, allegedly stole thousands of dollars while serving as the treasurer for the Pine-Richland Education Association.

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His job was to turn union dues collected from teachers over to the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

But, according to the criminal complaint, he said that over a four-year period – from summer of 2010 to September of 2014 – he wrote 167 checks to himself from the association bank account for $179,883.

“Dr. Maritz from the outset of our representation had self-reported back in September. He’s taken responsibility and as much as he could in this situation,” said Christopher Thomas, the defense attorney.

A source close to the PSEA says the accusations against Maritz include allegedly “fudging” audit reports to cover the trail.

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Maritz resigned shortly after being accused of stealing the funds.

After turning himself in, he was arraigned on theft and forgery charges and released on unsecured bond.

He had no comment after his arraignment.

His lawyer says he is getting treatment.

“Actively enrolled in counseling and treatment,” said Thomas. “He’s doing well in that regard. At this point, he just wants to move forward and continue to take responsibility for his actions.”

A preliminary hearing will be held on March 18.

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