Irwin woman accused of stealing more than $30K from Upper Burrell trucking business
A former employee is charged with stealing more than $30,000 from an Upper Burrell trucking business and its owners while working there in 2017.
Westmoreland County detectives with the District Attorney’s Office allege Mary Jane Mousley, 51, of Irwin, used the money for herself, in one case spending at least $2,000 to pay personal bills.
The alleged thefts happened from Jan. 2017 to Nov. 2017, when Mousley was working as an accountant and bookkeeper for Alley Cat Transport, Inc.
Efforts to reach Mousley on Thursday were not successful.
County detectives met with one of the business owners in March 2018, at the request of Upper Burrell police.
The owner, who co-owns the business with her husband, told detectives that Mousley used bank cards linked to their business and personal accounts to make purchases they didn’t authorize and appeared to be for Mousley’s benefit, according to a criminal complaint.
Mousley allegedly failed to pay the owners’ property taxes, despite the fact the owner wrote and signed checks for them. Mousley also pocketed money given to her to make a car payment for the owners’ daughter, the complaint said.
Mousley, during an interview with detectives, said the things she charged to the couple’s bank cards were for their benefit. Charges were made to Scentsy, Amazon, Hulu, Walmart, Target and Fragrance.net, according to the complaint.
Mousley told detectives that, on the request of the husband, she bought a cellphone and paid the phone bill from the business account. She also opened a checking account in the husband’s name but used her own address in order to pay his bills, the complaint said.
Mousley additionally told detectives she paid the owners back for the car payment with her own money. She also paid the owners’ taxes with her own money because there wasn’t enough money in the account.
Detectives spoke with the husband in August 2018, who disputed Mousley’s claim that she paid bills for him.
The owner said he didn’t use the bank cards associated with the business account, and he typically uses cash for purchases.
He also said he did have Mousley get him a cellphone, but she didn’t pay for it nor its bills.
Mousley faces multiple felony counts of theft and access device fraud.
A warrant has been issued for her arrest. She remained at large as of Thursday morning.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.