- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CECIL, Pa. (AP) - A police chief who resigned after nearly 40 years as an officer in a southwestern Pennsylvania township has surrendered on charges that he took $10,000 from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration fund to gamble.

Sixty-four-year-old John Pushak resigned in April as Cecil Township police chief. He surrendered Tuesday on charges of theft and misapplying government funds, which state police say he used to gamble at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, also in Washington County.

Pushak’s defense attorney declined comment Wednesday, but court papers indicate the former chief had repaid all the money by the time he resigned. Misusing the money still constitutes theft, however, because the money was only supposed to be used for drug investigations and police equipment.

Police say Pushak withdrew the money from automatic teller machines 31 times from 2010 through January 2013.


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