Reporting Brad Segall
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By Brad Segall
WEST BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — The longtime township manager in West Brandywine Township (Chester County) is now facing theft and related charges, accused of misusing municipal funds.
Authorities began investigating after receiving information that Ronald Rambo was stealing township funds.
The 59-year-old Coatesville man is now facing multiple misdemeanor counts of forgery and theft. Prosecutors say he was filing fraudulent expense reports and reusing medical receipts.
As for a motive, DA Tom Hogan says it appears that Rambo was stretched too thin financially.
“Although between him and his wife they make $160,000 a year, he has clearly lived beyond his means and was using the township as his own personal piggybank,” Hogan said today.
Rambo has been on the job for over 20 years. So far, Hogan says, the total confirmed theft amounts to just under $500 since February, but he says the investigation remains open and investigators are poring over records to see if additional funds were stolen.