New York State Police have arrested a man accused of taking money from the Pekin Fire Company’s bell jar in Niagara County.
49-year-old Lawrence Amacher of Sanborn allegedly withdrew $1,800 from the bell jar account and falsely submitted the required New York State Gaming commission reports in 2014 and 2015, misrepresenting the use of his funds.
Police say they were contacted by the Office of New York State Comptroller that he was possibly taking funds from the bell jar collection.
Amacher oversaw the fire company’s games of chance and raised money for the company to aid their protection of the community in his role as company president.
According to the investigation by New York State Police and Comptroller DiNapoli’s office he was allegedly pocketing collected cash for his own use.
He faces felony charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, first degree falsifying business records and first degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Amacher was issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Cambria Court in May.