The charges continue to pile up for former Bucks County Rescue Squad Chief Scott Mel Bahner. Friday morning, the District Attorney’s Office charged Bahner, 49, with stealing almost $128,000 from BCRS.
The Bensalem resident is accused of using the company’s checkbook and credit cards for his own personal use. He served as chief of the ambulance company from Jan. 2009 until Jul. 2018 for an income of $79,000.
Investigators claim Bahner wrote 70 fraudulent checks to himself and his wife during this time period. He allegedly used the names of other members of BCRS on the checks, amounting to more than $87,000.
Bahner also put $41,000 on company credit cards, according to the affidavit. He used the money on fuel at gas stations, repairs for his son’s car, and three firearms. Additionally, he paid for drug rehab in Florida and made payments to the National Rifle Association.
These most recent accusations are in addition to the charges of fraud brought against Bahner this past March. Bahner worked as Community Service Officer for the Bristol Township Police Department from Oct. 2014 to Aug. 2017.
Prosecutors say he falsely logged more than 1,750 hours of paid work for himself, netting almost $30,000. Bahner reimbursed the township in Nov. 2017, according to authorities.
Judge Robert Wagner set bail at $500,000 unsecured.