DuBois Man Sentenced for Stealing from Fire Department

(GantDaily Graphic)

CLEARFIELD-A DuBois man pleaded guilty to using a fire company gas card without authorization Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

David Alan Lingenfelter, 22, DuBois, pleaded guilty to a total of 58 counts each of theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud. He was sentenced to 29 days to one year in jail and three years consecutive probation. He was fined $1,160 plus costs and he must pay restitution of over $2,000. In a second case, he pleaded guilty to retail theft. For this he was given a concurrent sentence of 29 days to one year in jail and two years probation. He was fined $10 plus costs.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, in March 2011 police were contacted by the DuBois City Manager, John “Herm” Suplizio. He stated that one of the members of the Goodwill Hose Company had been using the department’s gas credit card to buy gas for his personal use. Surveillance video from the stores showed Lingenfelter putting gas into a vehicle that belonged to his then girlfriend.

In an interview with police, Lingenfelter admitted he took the gas card over 50 times which he used to put gas into either his girlfriend’s vehicle or the vehicles of other friends.

Paperwork for the card shows that Lingenfelter used the card 58 times betweenNov. 30, 2010 to March 23, 2011 for a total of $1,835.54.

According to the complaint in the retail theft case, Lingenfelter was caught concealing items valued at $351.56 at Wal-Mart.

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