A Pennsylvania fire chief has been charged with embezzling over $57,000 from a federal grant program. Fire Chief Anthony Dibona was arraigned in US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania earlier this week. He faces a single count of embezzlement and several IRS related counts.
Chief Dibona is the fire chief for the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company, located in Hollidaysburg. Neither the news coverage nor the criminal complaint include any information as to which grant program was involved beyond stating that it was a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
Last year, a former member of the same department, Benjamin Rhine, was accused of embezzling over $1.5 million from a FEMA recruitment grant program while a member of the Hollidaysburg Volunteer Fire Department. More on that story.
Here are the charging documents in Chief Dibona’s case: