Former controller for contracting company sentenced to 5+ years in prison for $8.7 million embezzlement scheme and filing false tax returns


Date: September 10, 2020


PITTSBURGH — A resident of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years and four months (64 months) in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release on her conviction for wire fraud and filing false income tax returns.

United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Sue O'Neill of 130 Kenney Drive, Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, O'Neill, while employed as the Controller for Marco Contractors, Inc., embezzled approximately $8.7 million over the course of nine years. The Court was further advised that she and another individual started a company called Bulldog Contractors LLC and used approximately $6.7 million of the stolen money to fund the business. The other $2 million in embezzled funds went into her personal bank account. O'Neill and her business partner used the stolen funds for business expenses and for personal use. Among other things, the Court was advised that they purchased two 1969 Ford Shelby GT500s for approximately $160,000 each and spent approximately $163,000 renovating a 1969 Ford Mustang. O'Neill further spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on jewelry and a country club membership. Lastly, the Court was advised that O'Neill filed false income tax returns because she did not declare the stolen funds as taxable income.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Northern Regional Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of O'Neill.