Former Fire Officials Charged With Stealing $46K

Two former presidents of Falls Township Fire Company #1 are accused of stealing more than $46,000 from the volunteer organization.

Christopher Carlin, 48, and Gary Margerum, 61, is facing theft by unlawful taking, a felony of the third degree.

Margerum, who served as president from 2009 to 2016 is charged with taking some $11, 198.22. He began stealing in September 2013 and stopped three years later, shortly before he resigned in October 2016, according to court documents.

Carlin, his successor, began thefts from mid-March 2013 to mid-August 2017. He was eventually removed from the fire company in December.

The probable cause affidavit states Margerum made personal, unauthorized purchases with two fire company credit cards. While Carlin, co-signed a withdrawal slip for $3,035 from the company’s bank account. The duo decided to use the volunteer funds to rent a house at the Jersey Shore.

In addition, Carlin is accused of making $24,688.96 in unauthorized purchases and receiving $8,690.13 in unauthorized checks issued directly to him.

The fire company realized the misappropriations when an accountant, hired for an unrelated matter, brought up some financial irregularities.

After review, fire company members notified Bucks County Detectives.

The two men were arraigned via video before Judge Jan Vislosky who set bail at $50,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is set for July 25.