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UPDATED: Former RCAC Director Charged with Theft, Fraud

Vanessa DuVall is accused of embezzling money from the Oakmont senior center.

The former director is facing charges after allegedly embezzling money from the senior center.

The Allegheny County District Attorney has charged Vanessa DuVall, 38, of New Kensington with theft and access device fraud. Charges were filed at the office of Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco on Wednesday.

According to the police report, DuVall is accused of embezzling at least $10,000 from the senior center, which is located on Second Street in Oakmont. A warant has been issued for her arrest. She is expected to turn herself in on Wednesday, according to the DA's office.

According to the police report, DuVall, who was hired at RCAC in 2004, doubled health insurance payments to herself, made deposits into her personal account, paid personal cell and utility bills, paid for a cruise and paid for a TV with RCAC funds from 2009 to 2011. DuVall was fired August 2011.

A preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled.

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Paula A. Calabrese September 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I've heard numerous rumors about this situation in the past few months, but could never get to the root of the story. It's about time that some public information is available to the community and to those of us who have contributed to this very worthy organization. Who was minding the store during the director's tenure? Where was the board? Where was the oversight? What a shame!
Oakmont Democrats September 01, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Were there audits? If not, why not? Who was the immediate supervisor? Who was chair of the board? Many interesting questions need answered?!?!?!? Senior citizens should be outraged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda Webb September 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Accused, not guilty. I imagine this goes much deeper than the "police reports" suggest.
Paula A. Calabrese September 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Good point, Linda. However, rumors have been smoldering for a few months and it does make one wonder if there's fire behind the smoke. We certainly do need to go deeper than these initial reports.
Maryellen September 03, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I guess if she was the "director" any oversight would be minimal. If you look at their website, Adeline Brown is Chairman of the Board, I believe.
Maryellen September 03, 2012 at 07:12 AM
I just double checked the rcac website - rcacorp.org - and Adeline Brown is stil listed as President of the Board.
Oakmont Democrats September 03, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Unfortunately, that listing is from June 2011. Also in that posting is a lengthy article on the need to request donations! The article was written by the former director herself!
Richard Williams September 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
We must SuPPORT the organization RCAC! It helps so many people. We should let the legal and political system deal with the accused and lack of oversight!
Tom Whalen September 14, 2012 at 01:43 AM
As a volunteer at RCAC I have learned that it is a great organization with a long history of service to Oakmont, Verona and surrounding communities. The current Executive Director and her hard working staff have a vision to make RCAC the centerpiece for services in our communities. As Richard Williams states let the legal and board processes address past issues and lets us support the ongoing work that RCAC does so well.

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