After two years of back and forth from the Pennsylvania District Attorney's
office, it decided to drop the last of its charges against an assistant
chief of a local fire company. The man had several charges filed against
theft. Late last month, the case was finally dropped.
The charges stemmed from allegations made against the 47-year-old man when
he served as the treasurer for his company. The company purportedly discovered
that more than $2,300 was allegedly stolen by the man. On his part, he
claimed he discovered the false transactions and reported them to the
company officials. He has further claimed that the charges filed against
him constituted a "witch hunt" with no basis in facts.
Two of the charges were dropped in early September. The remaining ones
were dismissed late last month due to a lack of collaborating evidence.
In a move that outraged the man's defense counsel, the judge accepted
the dropped charges and then seemingly honored the district attorney's
motion to reconsider. Finally, the prosecutor decided to drop that motion as well.
The man now has no theft charges against him, an outcome that he has anticipated
for two years. His counsel expressed his disbelief at some of the events
during the process. At one point, the prosecutor apparently did not have
a copy of a transcript of an earlier hearing. That fact, along with the
lack of convincing evidence, led to the judge's ruling to dismiss
the case. This Pennsylvania man is now free to resume the life that was
disrupted by the ultimately unfounded allegations.
Source: firehouse.com, "All Theft Charges Against Sunbury, Pa. Assistant Chief
Dropped", , Sept. 25, 2014