Christopher J. Carlin, 48, former fire president in Falls township, admitted he stole fire company funds through cash withdrawals and used fire company credit cards to make a number of personal purchases, totaling up to around $35,000.
Carlin admitted to the fraud and expressed remorse in his actions, stating that he decided to make these withdrawals due to his personal financial problems.
Bucks county Judge James McMaster ordered Carlin to complete 175 hours of community service, while also being on probation for 3 years. He also is not allowed any position of trust in a non-profit organization.
Carlin was arrested earlier this year along with Gary N. Margerum for stealing a combined total of about $46,000, while also using their money to rent a New Jersey beach house with the stolen funds.
The crimes were committed between 2013 and 2017, during which time Carlin served as company treasurer and later as president. Margerum also served as company president from 2009 to 2016.
Margerum will appear in court next year on his charges related to stealing over $11,000 during his tenure as president of this fire company.
WBCB’s Keith Noonan contributed to this post.