Ex-firefighter accused of stealing hall rental payments
A former member of the Harrison City Fire Department is accused of taking $3,500 in payments for use of the banquet hall and depositing them into his bank account, according to court papers.
Jeffrey S. Tickerhoof, 47, of Penn Township is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 25 on charges that he took for his personal use five checks over a seven-month period from four people who thought they were booking the Harrison Room. He was arraigned Sunday.
Township police were tipped off after a person who paid a $500 deposit to rent the hall for a January event learned that the department had no records of the booking or a corresponding deposit in its bank account, according to a criminal complaint.
An investigation revealed that Tickerhoof, who was a booking agent at the time, signed the check.
Police examined the last four bookings between June 2015 and January 2016 for which the department didn't receive any payment and found similar situations. Investigators matched the signature on Tickerhoof's drivers license to the one on the checks, according to the complaint.
Department president Joe Gibbons said Tickerhoof has not been involved with the department for about a year and a half. He declined to comment further on the case.
Tickerhoof is charged with five counts each of theft, receiving stolen property and misapplication of entrusted property. He is free on $50,000 unsecured bond in the case but was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on an unrelated bench warrant.
He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.