Ex-teachers' union official gets house arrest in $180K theft



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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former treasurer of a suburban Pittsburgh teachers' union will spend a year on house arrest and must repay $180,000 he stole from the organization.

Forty-five-year-old Edward Maritz must also spend six years on probation after pleading guilty to forgery and theft counts before an Allegheny County judge on Thursday.

Maritz was charged in February after he acknowledged taking the money from the Pine-Richland Education Association.

Maritz confessed to keeping members' dues and to stealing the money by writing 157 checks to himself since June 2010. Maritz acknowledged being a pathological gambler who blew the money at casinos and on lottery tickets.

Maritz has taken a sabbatical from his job, and the district says it can't otherwise comment on his employment status.

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