Woman accused of stealing $52,000 from fire company

CLEARFIELD — A Clear­field County woman is facing several felony charges for allegedly using a fire company credit card to make more than $52,000 in purchases.

State police said Sarah Yvonne Dunlap, 37, of Winburne was operating as the treasurer of the Winburne Fire Company in Cooper Township when she began using the company’s credit card for more than company business.

According to the affidavit, an investigation began in August 2018 after a member of the fire company discovered a large transaction from a resort near the Poconos.

During a search of the account records, it was discovered that Dunlap began using the credit card for her own use in January 2016.

In that year, she allegedly made more than 20 transactions for personal items and withdrew money from ATMs for a total of $2,952.38.

The pattern of activity continued in 2017 when she allegedly made more than 200 unofficial transactions for trips, food, vehicle and insurance payments and online shopping totaling $22,311.60.

Through August 2018, she made in excess of 300 questionable transactions totaling $27,135.60, bringing the total allegedly taken by Dunlap to $52,399.72, police said.

During the years when the fire department general account was low, she reportedly transferred funds from another fire company account.

In an interview with investigators, Dunlap admitted to making the transactions and apologized to fire company members at a meeting for taking the money, according to the criminal complaint.

Dunlap is charged with three counts each of felony theft by deception and felony access device fraud.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wed­nes­day during centralized court in Clearfield County sending the case to the Court of Common Pleas.

Dunlap is free on $5,000, unsecured bail.


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