A former Midway Fire Company chief and his wife pleaded guilty Monday in Adams County Court to stealing more than $44,000 from the organization over a two-year period.
Robert and Brenda Warner, 43 and 50 respectively, of 3005 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, will both spend seven years on probation per a plea agreement with the Adams County District Attorney’s office.
The couple admitted to theft by unlawful taking in front of Adams County Common Pleas Judge Michael George.
“The money was stolen between January 2008 and 2010,” Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner said Monday. “Brenda Warner was the treasurer during this period and her husband also held fiduciary duties within the company. Most of the money stolen came from bingo games. They had an obligation to deposit those funds and kept it for themselves. There were several other checks they also kept.”
Around $35,000 in bingo funds was reported missing by current Midway secretary Luann Boyer in March 2010.
According to charging documents, Boyer said any time more than $2,450 was collected during small games of chance, it would be deposited in Midway’s bank account for future use.
Both Warners admitted taking the cash for personal use. Robert also told police he made out 26 fire company checks to himself for around $26,000 and used Midway’s gas card for a personal $1,816 purchase from Arentz Oil Company.
Two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count each of theft by deception and failure to make required disposition of funds were withdrawn against both Warners as part of the plea agreement.
Midway, located on Linden Avenue in Hanover, declined an invitation to join Southeastern Adams Emergency Volunteer Services (SAVES) in 2005 and lost its coverage area in McSherrystown Borough and Conewago Township.