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Cook Township supervisor charged with using municipal funds to fill up personal vehicle

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

A veteran Cook Township supervisor faces charges for allegedly using a municipal credit card for personal use.

Richard C. Umbaugh, 51, was charged with theft by Westmoreland County Detective Will Brown for using the card to buy $1,008 worth of gas for his personal vehicle between March 2016 and September, when township officials discovered the alleged thefts.

Umbaugh initially told Brown it was a “mistake” and he erroneously grabbed the township credit card out of his wallet instead of his personal card, the detective wrote in court documents.

When Brown pointed out that the township credit card requires entering a special security code, Umbaugh admitted the theft, according to court documents.

Umbaugh told Brown “he was not thinking clearly” due to an illness in the family.

“It was stupid. ... I shouldn't have done it,” Brown quoted Umbaugh as telling him in court documents.

Umbaugh, who has been a supervisor for more than 20 years, was re-elected to a new six-year-term in 2015. He resigned in October from his roadmaster position which paid him more than $19 an hour, Brown said.

A message left for Umbaugh was not returned. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12 before Ligonier District Judge Denise Thiel.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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