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County launches investigation into identity theft

Susquehanna County responds to charges

MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - We are learning more tonight about the charges against the former Emergency Management Coordinator in Susquehanna County.

Detectives say Robert Thatcher Jr. of Hallstead used the personal information of a former co-worker and opened at least one credit card in his name, making several purchases.

The Susquehanna County Emergency Management Office in Montrose was locked-up Thursday. 

It's former leader, Robert Thatcher Junior, is now facing multiple charges for allegedly using a former co-worker's personal information and opening at least one credit card in his name.

"We are continuing to look into all aspects of it. At this point though, we don't believe there are any other people involved," Susquehanna County District Attorney Marion O'Malley said.

According to court documents, Thatcher allegedly used his work laptop to apply for several credit cards.

He got at least one credit card which he reportedly used to buy gas and truck parts from an online website.

Investigators say he had the items shipped to the EMA building and allegedly even signed for them  which ultimately got him caught.

"It is a cause for concern. It was quite blatant," O'Malley said.

Taxpayers were disappointed to hear the allegations.

"Our society today encourages us all to get whatever we want right away," Ken Ely of Brooklyn said.

Thatcher was arraigned and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. He is expected back in court next week.

In response to the incident, county commissioners have launched an investigation to determine if Thatcher accessed any other information about the one known victim or anyone else while he was employed by the county.

Prosecutors also want to know how he got his former co-workers information to begin with.

"That's part of the investigation at this point, I honestly, I don't know," O'Malley said.

County officials say that Thatcher was fired from his job on June 22 for issues unrelated to his alleged criminal conduct in Susquehanna County.

 


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