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Ex-Moose Lodge administrator faces 14 embezzlement charges

July 04, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former local police officer and administrator of a local Moose lodge was free on bond Tuesday after he was charged last week with 14 counts of embezzlement stemming from his work at the lodge, according to charging documents and an investigator in the case.

Investigators allege that James Roy Flickinger, 55, of 226 E. Fifth Ave. in Ranson, W.Va., would prepare a check for a particular amount written on a lodge raffle account, West Virginia State Police Trooper H.D. Heil said in a criminal complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Flickinger would endorse Lodge #948, along with his name, on the rear of a check and present it to a bank, according to the complaint.

Flickinger would receive money, but it was not deposited in either of the lodge's general accounts, according to the complaint.

The money came from tip jar revenue at Charles Town Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948 near the intersection of Universal Forest Road and Mildred Street north of Charles Town, said David Burkhart, an investigator with the West Virginia State Tax Department.

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Part of the club's tip jar revenue is used to pay tip jar winners, and other revenue is used to pay club expenses, Burkhart said.

The rest of the money is supposed to go to charitable organizations, Burkhart said.

Flickinger was lodge administrator from 2005 to 2006, and he allegedly wrote 14 checks, Heil said.

In his complaint, Heil listed the details of 14 checks that were signed by Flickinger and they totaled $43,224.98, according to court records.

Flickinger, who also is a former Charles Town Police Department officer, stepped down from his job as lodge administrator, Heil said Monday.

Flickinger, who also was charged with two counts of falsifying records, is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to records.

Burkhart said he is responsible for inspecting tip jar records for organizations including the local Moose club. Burkhart said he started an investigation at the club after receiving information that there might have been problems there.

Each of the embezzlement counts carries a possible punishment of one to 10 years in jail or a year in jail and a fine up to $2,500. The charge of falsifying accounts carries a punishment of one to 10 years in jail.

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