Pittsburgh Sports And Exhibition Authority Terminates Controller

Pittsburgh Sports And Exhibition Authority Terminates Controller


ONE WAS TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION. PITTSBURGH SPORTS AND EXHIBITION AUTHORITY FIRED ITS CONTROLLER. THEY SAY SHE STOLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME SHE’S BEEN ACCUSED OF TAKING FROM HER EMPLOYER. PAM SURANO IS LIVE WITH HOW THE SEA FOUND ERRORS IN ITS BOOKS. PAM. Reporter: YEAH. SHARON MINK HAS NOW BEEN TERMINATED OFFICIALLY HERE AT THE PITTSBURGH SPORTS AND EXHIBITION AUTHORITY. THIS IS NOW A CRIMINAL MATTER THAT’S BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. 43-YEAR-OLD SHARON MINK WAS ALREADY ON UNPAID LEAVE FROM HER JOB AS CONTROLLER AT THE SPORTS AND EXHIBITION AUTHORITY WHERE SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF BANKING AND CASH MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO HER ONLINE JOB DESCRIPTION. AG AUDITOR BEGAN CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL REVIEW OF SEA FINANCES LAST MONTH AND THAT PROBE REVEALED AN UNAUTHORIZED WIRE TRANSFER MADE BY MINK FOR MORE THAN $21,000. NO OTHER SUSPECT TRANSACTIONS WERE FOUND AND THE SEA SAYS MINK’S EMPLOYMENT HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN TERMINATED. NOW THE SEA LAUNCHED THEIR INVESTIGATION AFTER THE D.A.’S OFFICE CHARGED MINK WITH STEALING MORE THAN $300,000 FROM HER PREVIOUS EMPLOYER. MINK WHO IS FROM PLUM FACES FORGERY AND OTHER CHARGES STEMMING FROM HER WORK AT RESEARCH UNDERWRITERS. MINK WORKED FOR THE SPECIALTY INSURANCE BROKER IN FOREST HILLS AS THE CONTROLLER FROM 2007 TO 2017. SHE DID PAYROLL WORK AND PAID BILLS. A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED BY THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE STATES MINK MISAPPROPRIATED $319,000 FOR HER OWN PERSONAL BENEFIT. BETWEEN 2013 AND 2017 SHE ALLEGEDLY USED THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE AIRLINE TICKETS, CRUISES, HOTELS AND MADE PURCHASES FROM LOUIS VUITTON AND GUCCI. MINK RESIGNED FROM RESEARCH UNDERWRITERS IN FEBRUARY 2017 AFTER REPORTEDLY WALKING OUT ONE DAY FOR A SMOKE BREAK. MINK WAS HIRED THE SAME MONTH AS CONTROLLER FOR THE SPORTS AND EXHIBITION AUTHORITY. NOW THE SEA SAYS THEY WILL AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE RECOUPING THE MONEY THAT WAS LOST AND THAT THEY’VE ALSO PURCHASED NEW SOFTWARE AND THAT FUNDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED NOW THROUGH A SECURE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM. WE’RE LIVE HERE AT THE SPORTS

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