Seneca PA April 19 2012 A paramedic-turned-office-manager for the nonprofit Seneca EMS stole more than $77,000 from her employer, spending the money during personal shopping trips to Giant Eagle, Sam’s Club, Target and elsewhere over the course of five years, the Allegheny County district attorney’s office said today.
Sunshine MacIntyre, 41, of the North Side, was charged today with theft and fraud.
She told investigators she used the money for things she could not afford, such as chiropractor fees, laser surgery for her eyes, dental work, clothing, flowers, a trampoline and magazine subscriptions, Detective Frances Laquatra wrote in a criminal complaint.
“She did not realize that she took the amount of money that she did and said that it snowballed and she lost track of how much she was spending,” the detective wrote. “When asked if she intended to pay back the money that she was taking, she said ‘no.’ She added that she felt that if she worked longer hours it would make up for the amount that she took.”
Ms. MacIntyre was able to take the funds in her capacity as Seneca’s office manager, a position she accepted in 2006 after serving as a part-time paramedic since 2004, investigators said.
Seneca filed for bankruptcy in 2006.
Investigators said she used Seneca’s credit cards and bank accounts, normally reserved for medical and office supplies, to pay her own bills and student loans. Seneca officials told detectives that whenever Ms. MacIntyre was asked to make a purchase, she claimed there was not enough money in the bank accounts.
She surrendered today at District Judge Elissa Lang’s office and was released on her own recognizance