ALSACE MANOR FIRE COMPANY
PAST OFFICIALS ARRESTED
Scott A. Moyer Wendy L. Becker Kelly Brown
#1 – Scott Allen Moyer (54 years old) – Temple, Pennsylvania 19560
#2 – Wendy L. Becker (53 years old) – Blandon, Pennsylvania 19510
#3 – Kelly Brown (38 years old) – Blandon, Pennsylvania 19510
#1 – Deceptive Business Practice & Criminal Conspiracy, Theft by Deception, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception, Gambling Devices
#2 – Deceptive Business Practice & Criminal Conspiracy, Theft by Deception, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception, Tampering with or fabricating Physical Evidence, Tampering with Records or Identification, Tampering with Public Records or Information, Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, Gambling Devices
#3 – Tampering with Records or Identification, Tampering with or fabricating Physical Evidence, Tampering with Public Records or Information, Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, Gambling Devices (served via summons)
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
In June 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a Theft complaint, involving the Alsace Manor Fire Company and (3) three of their officials.
The criminal investigation yielded the following information:
The Berks County Detectives learned that in January 2018, the officials with the Alsace Manor Fire Company applied for a “Bridge Loan” in the amount of $200,000.00, for the acquisition of a brand-new Tanker Truck for the fire company. The total cost of the Tanker Truck was $345,307.00.
In addition to the “Bridge Loan”, the Firemen’s Relief fund contributed $25,000.00 and Alsace Township allocated $126,000.00. The funds provided by the township came from their fire tax assessment of residential and business properties located In Alsace Township.
A “Bridge Loan” is a short-term loan, up to (1) one year, used until a person or company secures permanent financing or removes an existing obligation. It allows the user to meet current obligations by providing immediate cash flow.
When the Alsace Manor Fire Company officials applied for this “Bridge Loan” and the paperwork was executed at the financial institution, the officials mislead the loan department personnel by stating that the Fire Company applied for a state loan and they would be receiving the funds to satisfy the “Bridge Loan”. The investigation determined they never applied for a state loan.
The Fire Company officials who executed the “Bridge Loan” documents at the financial institution were President Scott Allen Moyer and Treasurer / Fire Chief Wendy L. Becker.
The Tanker Truck was delivered and utilized by the Alsace Manor Fire Company.
In August 2018, the Alsace Manor Fire Company closed permanently.
The Alsace Township board of supervisors eventually sold the Tanker Truck for $320,000.00 to a Fire Department in Schuylkill County.
The Alsace Township property and business owners suffered a financial loss of $25,307.00, which were funds from the fire tax assessment.
In addition to this Theft, the Berks County Detectives confirmed that the Alsace Manor Fire Company officials, namely the (3) three defendants, were operating and hosting bingo events and selling small games of chance without a license, both in violation of Pennsylvania law.
Through the course of this criminal investigation, both the Treasurer / Fire Chief Wendy L. Becker, and Secretary Kelly Brown, failed to produce the Alsace Manor Fire Company financial records or any documentation, requested by the Berks County Detectives. They also failed to produce the minutes of their meetings, financial records or statements, etc.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the Berks County Detectives filed criminal charges against all (3) three defendants at Magisterial District Judge Steven Chieffo’s Office.
MDJ Chieffo issued arrest warrants for Scott Allen Moyer and Wendy L. Becker, however Kelly Brown’s charging documents will be served via summons.
On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Scott Allen Moyer and Wendy L. Becker, surrendered by reporting to the Berks County Detective’s Office. Both defendants were taken into custody and immediately escorted down to the Central Processing Center and released into the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.
Both defendants were fingerprinted and photographed.
MDJ Hartman presided over both Preliminary Arraignments which were held via video. He set bail at $25,000.00 unsecured and both defendants were released pending a Preliminary Hearing which will be held at a later date.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and all (3) three defendants, are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.