Connoquenessing Resident Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for $1.67 Million Embezzlement and Filing False Tax Returns
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Newell, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of theft and embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Edward T. Stevenson, age 63, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David Cercone.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Stevenson, who was employed as the Administrative Director as well as served as the Treasurer of Brownsville Ambulance Service, Inc. (BAS), located in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, from January 17, 2013 through March 22, 2017, without authorization, issued 132 checks totaling $136,140 from BAS’s checking accounts at First National Bank and PNC Bank, made payable to himself, to cash, and to his personal business, Lunden’s Flower Shop, also located in Brownsville. Stevenson deposited the checks in his personal bank account or one of two bank accounts he maintained on behalf of Lunden’s Flower Shop, all of which were issued in excess of his wages and for his personal benefit. At the time of the offense, BAS was a not-for-profit business that annually received $10,000 or more in federal benefits through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. The law also requires that Stevenson make full restitution to BAS for the funds he embezzled. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court continued bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Stevenson.