Disgraced Central Pa. official faces new charges
The Attorney General’s Office has filed new charges against a former official in Northumberland County who previously pleaded guilty to theft.
Justin Richard Dunkelberger, the former Northumberland County Prothonotary, is accused of invoicing his office through a fake company, and illegally collecting $30,000.
Dunkelberger allegedly created a fake company registered in Utah with a name which closely resembled the name of a vendor which his office often used for document scanning services.
He went as far as to register the fake company in Nevada.
Dunkelberger previously pleaded guilty to stealing from an memorial scholarship fund for a deceased wrestling coach in order to fund his campaign for the office.
He served as prothonotary in Northumberland from 2014-17, when he pleaded guilty to theft, election fraud and DUI charges. As a result of that conviction he was banned from holding public office and barred from voting in public elections for four years.
Police said that in 2015, while he was prothonotary, Dunkelberger submitted two invoices to the prothonotary’s office, totaling $30,000, which appeared to come from a vendor which performed document scanning for the county.
Following Dunkelberger’s resignation, the county hired an independent auditor to look into the office’s finances. The auditor noticed that the endorsement signature on one check to the scanning company for $15,000 resembled Dunkelberger’s signature.
Another $15,000 check to the company was deposited at a Bank of America in Bethlehem. The account was tracked to Dunkelbergers’s home address. In an application to open the account, Dunkelberger identified himself as the president of the company, IMR Key Mark LLC.
Dunkelberger faces charges including theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with public records.
He is currently out on $30,000 bail.