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Criminal case dropped against former IT business owner

December 5, 2019 News Extra

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A Gibsonia man's criminal case in Allegheny County related to an alleged theft from his IT company was dropped after prosecutors met with the man's attorney Thursday and came to an agreement.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala originally chose to prosecute Eric V. Cunningham, 47, in July after his office was approached by lawyers from Cunningham's former company, Information Technology Procurement Sourcing, according to transcripts from Cunningham's preliminary hearing in August.

“It's a good outcome. Hopefully this will unlock a lot of doors that have been locked for Eric Cunningham,” said James Herb, Cunningham's lawyer. “It's a pretty tough world. When you're dirtied or sullied a bit and no one wants to have anything to do with this.”

Assistant District Attorney John Pittman alleged in his original criminal complaint that Cunningham stole more than $205,000 during 2017 and 2018 while he was CEO of the company. He was fired in July 2018.

As Herb prepared to take the case to trial, he noticed that prosecutors did not have evidence to support their claim that an ITPS intern received two bonuses when she was employed there, plus an expense reimbursement of $1,500 after she left the company. Additionally, prosecutors didn't have any evidence to support their claim that Cunningham bought a car with company funds, but used it for personal reasons.

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