Mother and Daughter Arrested for Theft and Embezzlement from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company

From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:

Harford County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested two women for theft and embezzlement from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

On January 18, 2017, deputies assigned to the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company in the 1400 block of Old Mountain Road in Joppa for the report of a theft. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with members of the fire company who reported money was missing from many of the company’s bingo fundraiser nights.

The investigation was assumed by detectives assigned to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Detectives determined more than $10,000 of bingo proceeds from June 1, 2016 thru January 16, 2017 were not deposited in a company account and were unaccounted for.

Additional information was developed by Detectives concerning the misuse of a Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company credit card. The company’s credit card was used for more than $50,000 in unauthorized charges between 2014 and 2017. The unauthorized charges included purchases of personal items.

Detectives also identified $5,500 worth of deposits for hall rentals that were unaccounted for. In total, it was determined that $65,500 was either stolen or embezzled from the Joppa Magnolia Fire Company.

Detectives identified Carol Reprogel, 56 of Edgewood and her daughter Jessie Reprogel, 32, also of Edgewood as suspects. Carol Reprogel is a member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and manages the bingo nights as well as the fire company’s banquet hall.

Detectives presented the investigation to a Harford County Grand Jury. Carol Reprogel and her daughter Jessie Reprogel were both indicted by the grand jury and were subsequently arrested on April 28, 2017. Both were served with indictments for theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000 and conspiracy to commit a theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000. Additionally, Carol Reprogel was served with an indictment for embezzlement and misappropriation of funds by an executor or administrator. The pair was transported to the Harford County Detention Center and released after each posted a $25,000 bond.

Individuals who rented, or made use of, the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company banquet hall between 2014 and 2017 are asked to contact Corporal Justin Blubaugh, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, at 443-409-3487.

From the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company:

The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company uncovers financial discrepancies during internal investigation.

On January 1, 2017, the newly elected administration of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) began their term in office. During the initial days in office, JMVFC Officials noticed financial irregularities with the weekly bingo deposits. During an internal investigation, it was discovered that the JMVFC member responsible for the Bingo and Hall Rentals, and a non-JMVFC member, were found removing funds before the accountant received them for deposit. Additionally, when bank and credit card statements arrived, questionable expenses were noticed. On January 18, 2017, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was notified and asked to conduct a theft investigation. The JMVFC member under investigation has taken a voluntary leave of absence. Pending the outcome of the HCSO investigation, the Discipline Review Board may take action.

The JMVFC is a Public Safety Agency of Harford County, Maryland. Being such, keeping the public’s trust is of the utmost importance. Additional accountability measures relating to Bingo and Hall finances have been established. Those measures include:

– Creating a Hall Audit Committee – Will meet monthly to audit all finances related to hall rentals, income and expenses

– Creating a Bingo Committee – 2 members present at all times using specific items and techniques that will ensure there are no irregularities

The JMVFC Hall is available for rent by contacting 410-679-1055. Bingo is held weekly on Wednesdays the doors open at 6 and bingo starts at 7. The Hall is located at our main station, 1403 Old Mountain Road South, Joppa, MD 21085

Comments

  1. Pete the Plumber says

    Kiddy Porn and theft issues at the Magnolia Fire House. What’s next?- Illegal slot machines, dog fighting…etc? This firehouse sounds like they have a bunch of unsupervised goons occupying the space.

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  2. Miss Print says

    Looks like he newly elected Administration of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company has their work cut out for them.

    The EMP personnel with this company are a remarkable breed who deserve to be recognized for their dedication and compassionate service to the people of Harford County.

    That someone would steal funds that go to support these wonderful people is a major affront to them and the people who support them. I hope that whoever is responsible for these thefts are given the maximum sentences allowed for these crimes.

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    • Jaguar Judy says

      Yes, but I also hope that the people in JMVFD who are responsible for keeping these thefts from happening wakes up and does his or her job.

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  3. Dal Mation says

    These folks are resisting oversight of their funds and of their EMS function by the County, and they can;t even keep track of their bingo money??????? Do me a favor: if I get a heart attack in Joppa, someone drag me across the Baltimore County line before the golden hour expires.

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    • Mal Mation is a fool says

      What an absolutely stupid thing to say. This has nothing to do with the life saving services EMS and Fire personnel of the JMVFC provide to citizens across this county. If you were having a heart attack you would be grateful to have them respond to your aid. As to waiting for someone to drag you across the County line before you would accept medical help from JMVFC personnel the only thing Baltimore County would be doing is calling the morgue wagon because you would be dead. You need to engage your brain before you make anymore asinine statements like this.

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      • Auto Mation says

        Well, in addition to being incapable of managing 2 bingo ladies, it appears that the ability to understand facetious sarcasm is also on the list of shortcomings for this crew.

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        • Failed High School says

          Do firemen still say “hut hut hut hut hut” as they drag around runner hose spraying water?

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  4. HYDESMANN says

    Thats some hard lookin critters right thar. Should have used some of the money for a spa day.

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  5. says

    I agree with Miss Print… the firemen and EMP personnel are remarkable and respond to multiple calls. I appreciate your service and dedication to help in emergency situations. It’s sad that a few “bad seeds” can hurt the reputation of this house and staff when many, many lives are saved through their courage.

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    • Mike Welsh says

      Probably because of the majority of those who steal do not get caught. The number who do get caught, and subsequently prosecuted, is small in comparison to those are caught and prosecuted.

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  6. Karma says

    Should have kept their ladies Auxiliary and they ran the Bingo’s a lot of hard working women that were pushed out of the fire company by the men. Karma

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  7. reality says

    Fine republicans taking money from hard working people to fund a lifestyle they cannot. Maybe these two can be sentencedr to sewing dress’s for the FLOTUS Ivanka.

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  8. Jaguar Judy says

    This is a great volunteer fire company and they provide top notch services. That being said, they apparently have not been spending enough time and resources managing and controlling their funds and the people who handle those funds. That has bit them in the backside as it should have. Now they have to get their house in order and keep it in order. This has every likelihood of discouraging people who would otherwise donate money to them to think twice. That’s too bad.

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  9. FFRR says

    Many of you have short memories. There have been several companies in the past 20-+ years that have had this issue. We need to have checks and balances in place. BTW, this was a witch hunt anyway.

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    • White Man From Town says

      How so? Give some details on the Witch Hunt. Was theft involved in this or not?

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    • Jaguar Judy says

      Well it looks like the hunt caught some wrongdoers. Not saying they are witches. You all can be the judge of that.

      The fact that this has happened several times before in other companies is all the more reason that the administration of this volunteer fire company should have already had checks and balances in place.

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