Editor’s note: Now it’s going to start “hitting the fan”. This is gonna get way worse before it gets better.
The attorney for the Pittsburgh Police Bureau‘s finance manager said Thursday his client was instructed by former chief Nate Harper to open a credit union account now under federal scrutiny and followed his orders in diverting tens of thousands of dollars to it from funds meant for the City of Pittsburgh.
William H. Difenderfer represents police personnel and finance manager Sandra J. Ganster, who, he said, reported her concerns about the account to city Public Safety Director Michael Huss on Feb. 9. He said his client has since spoken twice to federal authorities.
“The chief would tell her, basically, keep roughly a $3,000 balance in this account,” Mr. Difenderfer said. “Like she said, I guess the best way to describe it was, ‘It had an odor, but the chief directed me to do it, and I did what he told me to do.’ She didn’t feel comfortable with it … but obviously complied.”
He estimated that between $28,000 and $37,000 was diverted to the credit union account since about 2008 or 2009 when the account was opened.