MILL HALL, Pa. — An elected official is facing a $107,000 Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission penalty for allegedly stealing from the township where he’s been a supervisor for 34 years.
James Bechdel Sr. couldn’t be reached on his home phone Wednesday to comment about the sanctions handed down Tuesday.
The commission determined the Bald Eagle Township supervisor used his authority to purchase $34,000 worth of travel trailers, generators and other items from the Federal Surplus Supply Property Program. Bechdel allegedly did that on behalf of the township, but kept the items for himself and didn’t reimburse the township.
Bechdel’s penalty is triple that amount plus another $4,000 he allegedly owes the township.
The ethics commission also recommended that Clinton County or state prosecutors file criminal charges. That hasn’t happened yet.