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THE NOXEN FIRE COMPANY in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, is without their treasurer and about $34,000 this month. Robin Ann Gorton-Parrish, 42, had served as treasurer for about 2-½ years when she acquired a "gambling problem" and decided to treat it with other people's money. In a span of a mere five weeks, she managed to skim the money from an always slim bank account.
According to Citizens Voice:
According to court documents, Noxen Fire Chief Lewis Hackling attempted to cash a check for $1,140 for supplies needed for this year's Rattlesnake Roundup but was told by First Liberty Bank that the fire department did not have sufficient funds.
Hackling discovered that $2,100 in cash that should have been deposited after an April breakfast never made it to the bank, records show. The following month, only $990 of the $5,322 raised at a pow-wow appeared in the department's account.
An examination of the fire department's bank account suggests that between April 11 and June 13, Gorton-Parrish wrote and endorsed a number of checks to herself, according to court documents. A police complaint alleges that in at least two instances, Gorton-Parrish forged the signature of Noxen Fire Company President Charles Womer. She also allegedly made multiple cash withdrawals with an ATM card.
Court records say the total amount of unauthorized checks written by Gorton-Parrish is $16,532, and that cash was also taken in the amount of $17,651, for a total amount of funds missing of $34,183.
She was arrested and charged with felony theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and forgery for signing some checks with the company president's signature. She was freed on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned today (Wednesday).
WNEP-TV posted this video report:
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