Police: Woman stole $91,000 from clinic

From staff reports

MOUNT UNION – A Waterfall woman who allegedly stole $91,000 from the Mount Union Area Medical Center, was recently arrested by Mount Union Police Department on felony theft charges.

Police said Wendy Wright, 45, was the former administrator of the medical center and stole from center over a number of years.

In late September to early October 2012, the Board of Directors of the medical center met with staff who wished to express concerns regarding the management of the center, specifically regarding Wright, according to court documents. A number of concerns were brought to the attention of the board including the use of petty cash for personal expenses, the use of the medical center American Express card, inappropriate text messages with another employee and an uneasy work environment, according to court documents.

During the meeting it was determined that there had been enough financial strain on the center to cause temporary layoffs and a ban on the use of paid time off, according to court documents. There did not seem to be a reason for the financial difficulty, as the medical center indicated it was consistently busy and should not be showing a financial loss, according to court documents.

Board members then met with Wright and advised her she was being placed on administrative leave without pay, police said.

According to court documents, several unauthorized expenses were discovered on the clinic’s American Express account as well as through a checking account. Some of the charges appeared to be vacation-related, including airfare, hotels and rental cars, according to documents.

Police said there were also non-payroll checks written by Wright to include bonuses to herself. Petty cash, which was not authorized by the Board of Directors, was also taken, police said.

Wright remains incarcerated in the Huntingdon County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. She is expected to have a preliminary hearing in the near future at Magisterial District Judge Mary G. Jamison’s office in Orbisonia.