Police investigate missing funds at Philipsburg’s Reliance Fire Company
|By Lori Falce, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
According to state police at
Police said the perpetrator forged signatures on the checks.
A financial officer with the company, whom he declined to name due to the ongoing nature of the case, allegedly wrote more
"This has put us into a very serious financial situation," said Mollura, who became aware of the missing money in March, when the company received a shutoff notice for their electricity. That was when he said they realized the money wasn't the only thing missing. The mail was being taken, too, to hide the overdue notices for roughly
Mollura said the person claims about
"I've been a member of this company since I was 16 years old," Mollura said. "I've held every office. Nothing like this has ever happened."
The company is bonded, and he says the department will get back the missing money. The hard part will be getting by until the insurance pays out. The firetrucks roll to about 30 emergencies a month, and that takes about
"We're going to hold on as long as we can," said Mollura, but the firemen are resorting to emergency fundraising in the meantime, with boot drives, car washes and pleas for help.
The case is the latest in a string of incidents where funds have been misappropriated from various
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