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Ex-Upper Gwynedd Fire Co. Treasurer Admits to $250K Embezzlement

Tony Di Domizio

Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 12:28am

Ex-Upper Gwynedd Fire Co. treasurer Ronald Kenneth "Ken" Nolan, 62, has admitted to embezzling $250,000 in funds from the nonprofit fire company between 2006 and 2012 and faces 21½ to 40 years in prison, according to @MontcoCourtNews on Twitter.

Nolan, of the 4900 block of Skippack Pike, Skippack, allegedly used the money to pay for his daughter's destination wedding and lavish trips to Jamaica and China, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.

Nolan faces charges of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required deposits of funds received, access device fraud, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity and misapplication of entrusted property, per court records.

Nolan was an employee of Upper Gwynedd Township and served as treasurer of the fire company for 24 years. He was voted out in December 2012.

An investigation into Nolan began with current treasurer Eric Geiger, who found discrepancies in the fire company's books, authorities said. Nolan, at one point, tried to cover up his embezzlement with a $3,000 transaction for new furniture at the fire company, police said. Upper Gwynedd Fire could not account for any new furniture. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office then took over the investigation.

Nolan is accused of stealing $249,703.77 in funds during his volunteer tenure, Ferman said. Of that amount, $116,000 was in cash advances, authorities said. Nolan also allegedly linked two personal credit cards to the fire company's account for personal expenses. 

Of those expenses: 15 trips to Las Vegas and multiple trips to Miami, Jamaica, Reno and China. One of those Las Vegas trips was for his daughter's 2006 wedding, which includede airline fare for guests. Nolan also allegedly purchased sports tickets, computers, clothing, spa trips and jewelry, police said. 

Authorities allege Nolan withdrew thousands of dollars to support his gambling habit.

Nolan surrendered to police Aug. 23, 2013.

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