Hubbard firefighter sentenced for pocketing cash
A Hubbard volunteer firefighter has been sentenced for using his position as treasurer with the Eagle Joint Fire District to pocket payments for fire calls.
Richard Wittkugle, who pleaded guilty to petty theft has already made restitution to the fire department in the amount of $2,160.
He's been sentenced to 200 hours community service, and placed on probation for two years, during which time he may not have any contact with the fire district or its fundraisers.
In addition, Wittkugle is prohibited from holding any job or volunteer position in which he has direct contact with money.
Police say Wittkugle racked up payments for fire calls that he did not go on for the Eagle Joint Fire District, which covers Hubbard city and township.
Detective Michael Banic of the Hubbard Police Department told 21 News police were asked to investigate after the fire chief noticed irregularities in the district's payroll.
That investigation ultimately led to a search warrant being executed at Wittkugle's home, where fire department records were seized.