The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 24, 2014

McClure fire company treasurer charged in theft of $9,464

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— McCLURE — Shana McClellan’s time ran out just before the water did, Middleburg police said Sunday.

The McClure Water Authority notified the borough’s fire company in September that its water was about to be shut off because of an unpaid bill. Other vendors also complained that the company was not paying its accounts.

That’s when the firefighters reported their suspicions to police that money was being stolen, and an investigation was launched.

The investigation focused on McClellan, of 23 Forbes St., the fire company’s treasurer. Police said she admitted on Sept. 24 that she used a debit card to take money from the company’s bingo account. Money from other company accounts was transferred to the bingo account.

In all, McClellan made 44 such transactions and netted almost $9,500, police said.

Middleburg police have charged her with 44 counts of theft by unlawful taking, 44 counts of receiving stolen property, 44 counts of theft by deception and 32 counts of access device fraud.

An investigation revealed a total of $9,464 was unaccounted for from the fire company.

Charges were filed by Middleburg police at the office of District Judge Lori Hackenberg on Feb. 19.

McClellan was arraigned at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, at Hackenberg’s office.

She was committed to Snyder County Prison after being unable to post $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 6 at Hackenberg’s office.

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