Attorney General, FBI charge Franklin County Township Supervisor with stealing $150,000
Kerry Bumbaugh, 56, of Waynesboro, was charged Wednesday with using his position of power for his own financial gain, requiring township employees to perform work improving his private residence while they should have been working for the township, according to a press release from the Attorney General's Office.
He is also being charged with creating manipulated and falsified documents in order to cheat governmental grant providers, and other funding sources, by regularly inflating invoices to cover both personal and township expenses.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the 45th Investigating Statewide Grand Jury announced that the Office of Attorney General has charged the Quincy Township Supervisor for defrauding an estimated $150,000 from Quincy Township and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This investigation was conducted in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Kerry Bumbaugh abused his authority as Township Supervisor to steal from taxpayers and build pet projects at his home,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with federal law enforcement, we were able to uncover Mr. Bumbaugh’s crimes and take this step towards restoring trust for Quincy Township residents. My office will continue to uncover corruption wherever it’s found, without fear or favor.”
In order to pull off his scheme, Bumbaugh submitted a forged document to the township’s insurance company, claiming that he had entered into an agreement with the township that they would assume liability for any damage as a result of a water line installation that ran through his property, the release stated. As a result, in 2018, Bumbaugh received nearly $100,000 from the township’s insurance company. However, rather than using the funds he stole from the insurer, Bumbaugh directed township employees to perform several weeks of full-time work demolishing a damaged wall on his property during regular work hours.
“When elected officials misdirect public money for personal gain, they’re breaching the trust of their constituents — and breaking the law,” Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said. “The FBI is committed to working with our state partners to investigate and hold accountable unscrupulous public officials. We simply can’t permit such corruption to go unchecked.”
In 2019, after the damaged walls on his property were rebuilt, Bumbaugh had his enormous driveway repaired and paved by an outside contractor. In order to avoid any out-of-pocket cost, Bumbaugh manipulated and falsified invoices in order to create the appearance that his home improvement project was part of a road improvement project funded by monies that should have been allocated to the township by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Not only did Bumbaugh divert over $10,000 of machine and labor costs to pay for his driveway, but Quincy Township also footed the bill – over $20,000 – for all of the materials used to complete the work, according to the press release.
Bumbaugh is charged with two counts of Conflict of Interest, two counts of Theft of Services, Theft by Unlawful Taking, three counts of Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Forgery, two counts of Tampering with Public Records, two counts of Tampering with Records or Identification, Attempted Tampering or Fabricating Physical Evidence and Securing Execution of Documents by Deception.
This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Megan Madaffari.
Carley Bonk is a Watchdog Reporter for the USA Today Network - Pennsylvania. Her coverage spans across the southcentral region of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @carls_marie.