Quincy supervisor faces fraud charges
Quincy Township Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh is free on $25,000 unsecured bail today after being charged with defrauding the township and state governments of $150,000.
Magisterial District Judge arraigned Bumbaugh, 56, at 10:56 a.m. and set a preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. June 23.
Bumbaugh faces 17 charges, most of them felonies.
The Quincy supervisor is accused of using his position as an elected official for his own financial gain. Charging documents allege that Bumbaugh had township employees perform work improving his private residence.
He is vice-chairman of the three-person Quincy Township board of supervisors.
Bumbaugh also submitted a forged document to the township’s insurance company, Shapiro said. In that document, he clamed an agreement with the township put liability for damage to his property as a result of a water line installation on the township.
As a result, in 2018 Bumbaugh received nearly $100,000 from the township’s insurance company, charging documents allege. He then directed township employees to demolish a damaged wall on his property during regular work hours.
The damaged walls on his property were rebuilt the next year. Then Bumbaugh had his enormous driveway repaired and paved by an outside contractor. Bumbaugh then billed the project as part of a road improvement project funded by state monies.
“Bumbaugh diverted over $10,000 of machine and labor costs to pay for his driveway,” Shapiro said. “Quincy Township also footed the expensive bill – over $20,000 – for all of the materials used to complete the work.”
Bumbaugh also faces charges of 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.
“Kerry Bumbaugh abused his authority as Township Supervisor to steal from taxpayers and build pet projects at his home,” Shapiro said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted with the investigation.
.Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, had this to say about the joint investigation:
“When elected officials misdirect public money for personal gain, they’re breaching the trust of their constituents — and breaking the law. 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.”
- Restricted Activities – Conflict of Interest, two counts, a felony
- Diversion Of Services, two counts, third degree felony
- Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Property, two counts, third degree felony
- Theft By Decep-False Impression, three counts, third degree felony
- False/Fraud/Incomp Insurance Claim, one count, third degree felony
- Forgery – Unauthorized Act In Writing, one count, third degree felony
- Tampering With Public Record/Information, two counts, third degree felony
- Tampering with Records Or Id-Writing, two counts, first degree misdemeanors
- Secure Execution Docs By Deception, one count, second degree misdemeanor
- Tampering With/Fabricating Physical Evidence, one count, second degree misdemeanor
Senior Deputy Attorney General Megan Madaffari is prosecuting the case. All charges are accusations. Shapiro stressed that the defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.