Wednesday, March 16, 2022

AG: Former Drug Task Force chief 'abused his position of public trust to scam and defraud the citizens'

The former head of Lancaster County's Drug Task Force secretly pocketed more than $200,000 in cash seized from suspected criminals over five years and used the money to "support his own lifestyle," a statewide grand jury found. 

Detective John Burkhart, 56, who was fired from the position by newly-elected District Attorney Heather Adams in 2020, deposited at least $170,000 into his personal bank account from 2015 to 2020 as he struggled financially, the grand jury alleges.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that his office had filed charges against Burkhart alleging theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, forgery, tampering with records or identification, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

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