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Ex-Funkstown Moose Lodge adminstrator faces charges

August 28, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN


The former administrator of the Funkstown Moose Lodge has been charged with felony theft, felony theft scheme and the embezzlement/misappropriation of approximately $36,000 in funds from the organization, according to Investigator Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

David Paul Brandenburg, 52, of 13822 North Valley Drive in Hagerstown, was released on an unsecured $30,000 bond Thursday after he was served with the charges, according to a Washington Count District Court bond commissioner.

The investigation was launched in January when Mike Stumbaugh, the current Funkstown Moose Lodge administrator, discovered a large amount of money missing from the lodge's account.

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An audit revealed the loss to be approximately $36,000, Weaver said in his press release.

Through interviews with members, Weaver learned that Brandenburg allegedly was accepting membership dues and then printing fraudulent membership cards. The cards showed the members as active, but records from Moose International showed they weren't active because they had failed to pay dues.

Brandenburg was administrator from April 2002 until August 2004, according to Weaver.

"Nobody will be dropped because of this," said Richard Waters, a past Moose Lodge governor, who was contacted at the lodge Saturday.

Dues are $40 per year, Waters said.

Contacted at a Moose convention in Dover, Del., Stumbaugh confirmed no memberships are in jeopardy because of the criminal investigation into the embezzlement. He had no comment on the charges.

"More than 300 members were affected," Stumbaugh said. "Everyone whose membership was connected with this is OK now."

Stumbaugh said the lodge, which is 6 years old, has 1,740 members. It is at 132 Old National Pike.

A message was left on Brandenburg's home telephone Saturday. The call wasn't returned.

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