Former Jefferson Co. Deputy Sheriff Accused of Stealing Money From K-9 Program Due in Court Thursday

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A former Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff who allegedly stole funds intended for the Jefferson County K-9 program is due in court this week.

Court documents indicate 24-year-old Kyle Pisarcik, of Sykesville, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, on the following charges:

– Theft by Deception-False Impression, Felony 3
– Forgery – Alter Writing, Misdemeanor 1

According to a criminal complaint, Special Agent Seefeld, of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, was assigned to investigate allegations of theft and forgery against Kyle Pisarcik, a former Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

The complaint notes that in 2017, Pisarcik wanted to become a K-9 handler, so he and the JCSO raised the necessary funds to buy K-9, Iron, and establish a checking account at a local bank for a K-9 program. As part of Pisarcik’s responsibilities as a K-9 handler, he was in charge of purchasing the necessary supplies for care and training.

Pisarcik was made a signatory on the checking account and was required to obtain approval from either Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr., Chief Deputy Sandra Means, or James Vansteenberg, Treasurer of Jefferson County, before making any purchases related to the K-9 program.

According to the complaint, on August 2, 2018, while preparing the checking account for audit, Sheriff Gotwald discovered that some of the supporting documents provided by Pisarcik for his purchases from Leerburg Enterprises, Inc. were not sufficient to reconcile the account. As a result, on October 18, 2018, Sheriff Gotwald contacted Leerburg who stated that Pisarcik did have an account with the company, but neither he nor the JCSO made any of the purchases that Pisarcik is claiming.

Sheriff Gotwald then called Pisarcik into his office along with Means and Sergeant Samuel Bartley.

According to the complaint, Pisarcik said he did not understand why there was no record of his purchases from Leerburg. Sheriff Gotwald instructed Pisarcik to obtain his receipts and credit card statements for proof of purchase.

The complaint notes that on October 19, 2018, Pisarcik informed Sheriff Gotwald that he had written the checks to himself without making any purchases from Leerburg and said that he had some financial problems and wrote the checks to himself because he needed the money. Pisarcik then resigned and repaid the money for the two fraudulent Leerburg purchases and other purchases that he made via the bank checking account, which totaled $4,865.75.

According to the complaint, initially, the $4,865.75 was thought to be all of the money that Pisarcik owed to the JCSO; however, Nicholas Scaife, Accountant for the JCSO, audited the checking account and discovered some additional issues: Pisarcik submitted two fraudulent invoices from Haag’s Feed Store & Milling LLC (Haag’s), totaling $660.00.

The complaint notes that Haag’s provided Sheriff Gotwald and Scaife with a sample invoice, which did not resemble the invoices submitted by Pisarcik. Pisarcik also submitted a fraudulent invoice from Shallow Creek Kennels, Inc. (Shallow Creek) for $5,100.78. Sheriff Gotwald called Shallow Creek and requested a copy of all invoices from the JCSO. There was no transaction from Shallow Creek for $5,100.78. All of Shallow Creek’s invoice numbers begin with a “17”; however, Pisarcik’s invoice began with an “82”. Lastly, Scaife discovered an invoice from Shallow Creek for $350.00 that appears to be fraudulent because the invoice number, 172496, is not on Shallow Creek’s “all transactions list,” which includes everything purchased by the JCSO.

Based on Special Agent Seefeld’s investigation, it was determined that Pisarcik currently owes $5,978.44 to the JCSO.

Pisarcik was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

He remains free on $30,000.00 unsecured bail.

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