An officer of the Susquehanna County Fire Police Association (SCFPA) reported a theft of the association’s funds to police, and then offered up a confession to the theft.
Nickolas Burgess, 26, of Hallstead, identified himself to Pennsylvania State Police, Gibson, as the treasurer of the Susquehanna County Fire Association on Dec. 10 and then related to police that, without authorization, he wrote himself checks from two association accounts over the course of one year from Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021, according to an affidavit filed in Montrose District Court.
Burgess told police he deposited the checks into his personal bank account and used the funds for personal gain, use and/or benefit. He estimated the amount of money stolen was $30,000-$35,000.
SCFPA officials later confirmed Burgess’ account and told police they would seek restitution. The association told investigators that they became aware of the incident on Dec. 10.
Pennsylvania State Police have charged Burgess with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both third degree felony counts.
Burgess had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday, Dec. 20 at Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey L. Hollister’s office.