Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

September 3, 2014

Douglass Township Supervisor charged with theft, conflict of interest

09-03-14_Ziegler_FrederickHARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against Douglass Township Supervisor Frederick Ziegler for allegedly stealing township property for his own personal use.

The case was referred to the Office of Attorney General in June by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman due to a conflict of interest.

According to the criminal complaint, Frederick Ziegler, 61, 164 Henry Road, Barto, Montgomery County, instructed the township highway supervisor to purchase a new chainsaw for the township but deliver it to Ziegler's residence for his personal use.  Ziegler is also accused of misusing a township gas credit card and purchasing a propane tank and plywood for himself using the township municipal account.

The investigation revealed that the township highway supervisor did what Ziegler told him to do because he was his boss, and that in his role as township supervisor, Ziegler approved monthly bills for the township that included the items and expenses he is accused of stealing. 

Ziegler was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 and charged with seven counts of theft by unlawful taking, seven counts of receiving stolen property, four counts of conflict of interest and four counts of accepting improper influence. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sept. 12, 2014 before Magisterial District Judge Maurice Saylor. 
The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General John Flannery of the Office of Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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