Midstate official due in court in theft, election fraud case

Written by The Associated Press | May 8, 2017 2:26 AM

Justin Dunkelberger (Photo: Submitted)

(Sunbury) -- A Northumberland County official accused of stealing from a memorial scholarship fund to pay for his political campaign is due in court.

Justin Dunkelberger was arrested in February on charges of theft and election fraud.

Jury selection is scheduled for today.

He is accused of taking $12,000 meant for a scholarship fund established in memory of Phil Lockcuff, the wrestling coach at Shikellamy High School, who died in 2013.

Prosecutors say he used some of that money to fund his campaign for Northumberland County prothonotary.

He was elected to the office that oversees filing of many civil records in 2014 and became well-known for posting photos of people with overdue court fines on billboards.

He has not resigned the position.

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