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Plea Hearing for Man Accused of Over $40K in Theft by Deception in Ashland Township Set for Wednesday

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavel-3577255_1280ASHLAND TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A man accused of defrauding a victim out of over $40,000 in lumber is scheduled to stand for a plea hearing in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate 42-year-old Earl Yokum Wangler, of Centerville, Crawford County, Pa., is scheduled to stand for a plea hearing in front of President Judge Sara J. Seidle-Patton at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

He faces the following charges:

– Theft By Deception-Failure To Correct, Felony 3 (seven counts)

– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3 (seven counts)
– Bad Checks, Misdemeanor 1 (eight counts)

Wangler is currently free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an investigation into a report of bad checks and theft.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on September 23, 2019, Trooper Berggren, of the Clarion-based State Police, was assigned to investigate a report of bad checks and theft offenses at a location on Fern Road, north of Route 322, in Ashland Township, Clarion County.

Through investigation, it was determined Earl Wangler and the victim had entered into a lumber transaction where the victim had delivered approximately eight loads of lumber to Wangler.

The complaint states the victim contacted Wangler about payment and then received a series of eight checks from May 30, 2018, to November 2, 2018, and one check, dated August 9, 2018, in the amount of $1,000.00, had cleared.

However, according to the complaint the other checks, listed below, were placed on uncollected hold for insufficient funds:

  • Check 10027 in the amount of $7,886.08
  • Check 10032 in the amount of $7,063.71
  • Check 10043 in the amount of $8,065.70
  • Check 10045 in the amount of $8,281.82
  • Check 10038 in the amount of $7,595.05
  • Check 7224 in the amount of $1,000.00
  • Check 7246 in the amount of $1,000.00
  • Check 7256 in the amount of $1,000.00

The complaint notes the victim was penalized for five of the bad checks in the amount of $50.00.

According to the complaint, in total, Wangler defrauded the victim out of $41,942.36 from the date of May 30, 2018, to the present time without compensation or communication.

Wangler was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter at 10:30 a.m. on January 16.

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