State Police reports reveal that the treasurer of the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department was arrested on Monday, and was charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.
41 year-old Kimberly Keener is accused of using money from two different department accounts to write checks to herself, and in her mother’s name, from February, 2010 when she first became treasurer until August, 2012. Officials indicate that nearly $33,000 is missing. Keener’s mother was not implicated in the investigation.
Keener’s bail was set at $15,000, and she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.
During what now appears to have been an internal investigation, the township supervisors in Plum Township, which funds much of the Chapmanville department and which paid for the department’s workers compensation insurance premiums, demanded the resignation of the department’s elected officials, and threatened to end the payments and decertify the department.
Keener and three other officers, all members of her family, all refused to step down. The Chapmanville department was decertified in November, and Plum Township has since been relying in times of emergencies on responses from the Oakland and Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Departments.