ROARING SPRING, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania volunteer fire chief has been charged with stealing more than $15,000 from his fire company, including $2,000 to pay his property taxes and more for a trip to a NASCAR race in Kentucky charged to the company's credit card.
The defense attorney for 57-year-old Gary Dennis, of Roaring Spring, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.
The Altoona Mirror reports police in Roaring Spring, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh, began investigating last year and turned their findings over to the state police who charged Dennis.
The police investigation was spurred by an audit when the fire company got a call from a bank that a $150,000 fire truck loan was unpaid. That turned out to be a bookkeeping error, but the resulting audit uncovered the chief's alleged thefts.