PA Chief Pleads Guilty to Theft

A former Pennsylvania fire chief who embezzled more than $84,000 over a seven-year period from his fire volunteer department, has pled guilty. Adam Kauer, 39, had been the fire chief of the East Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department from 2012 to 2019.

Kauer reportedly used the department’s credit card for personal reasons over 300 times, and obtained 71 checks which he used for non-fire department purposes, including 25 of which he allegedly forged. The funds paid for things like a Royal Caribbean cruise, car payments, dinners, and “hand money” to purchase a new home.

Under the terms of his plea agreement with Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Kauer agreed to plead guilty to charges of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property and make restitution. In exchange the state dropped charges additional forgery and theft charges, and agreed to recommend five-years probation. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill Rangos accepted the arrangement last week.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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