State Police investigate missing money at a Moosic Fire Company

BY JOSEPH KOHUT (STAFF WRITER) – The Scranton Times-Tribune

State police are investigating reports that at least $10,000 has gone missing at Greenwood Hose Company 1 in Moosic.

Jason Mills, president of the fire company, said the company’s board of directors noticed inconsistent numbers in its general account over the weekend.

“At that point, we contacted Moosic police,” said Mr. Mills, who was sworn in as president on Tuesday. The former president has resigned, but Mr. Mills refused to release his name, saying he is a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Moosic police have handed the case over state police and the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office, according to Moosic Police Chief Charles Maurer. Calls placed to District Attorney Andy Jarbola were not immediately returned.

Mr. Mills said the company is preparing an audit of the general account stretching back several years. Complete details will not be available until a forensic audit is completed, state police said.

“It’s going to be a while,” Mr. Mills said. “(The audit) will be several years.”

Company solicitor Chris Powell said the investigation will not affect general fire company operations.

“The volunteers are ready to fight any fire that comes up with no interruption,” Mr. Powell said.

The borough has faced similar trouble before. In October 2007, Frank McBride Sr., the former Moosic Hose Company president, admitted to stealing more than $20,000 from the Moosic Volunteer Fire Relief Association after it merged with the Greenwood Hose Company.

DENIS J. O’MALLEY, staff writer, contributed to this report.

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