Former Police Chief That Was Charged In Food Stamp Crime Promoted

Written: 4/29/17

Robert Reimiller, who had served as a part-time Falls Township Police Chief until the winter of 2010 when Tunkhannock Township hired him full-time, is accused of abusing and stealing from the SNAP Program.

In 2011, Reimiller charged with fraudulently obtaining food stamps. Reimiller is accused of receiving $1,399 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that he should have not had. Agent Moriah A. Harding, of the state Office of Inspector General, filed a criminal complaint between September and November 2010 stating, Reimiller obtained $921 in SNAP benefits by misrepresenting that there was no additional household income to be reported to the Wyoming County Assistance Office. Beginning in September 2010, Reimiller failed to report his employment with Lackawanna College in Scranton.

According to The Times-Tribune, Reimiller jury trial was suspended and canceled because of a procedural error from the state attorney general’s office. Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff, Senior Deputy Attorney General George Zaiser, and Mr. Reimiller’s attorney, Donald W. Jensen, informed the courtroom that if the case proceeded, there would be cause the trial to be remanded. According to Mr. Zaiser, the error was in bringing the defendant before a county judge for jury trial with the charge before him.

Reimiller, with no prior criminal record, was given the option to enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition(ARD). The ARD program allows a case to be expunged after a time of probation and no subsequent criminal behavior occurs.

On April 11, 2012, Reimiller had an ARD hearing and on April 19 Judge Shurtleff granted a motion to admit him into the program along with one year of probation.

On March 7, 2016 Tunkhannock Township had its monthly meeting, where Ptlm Reimiller was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

If you would like to voice your concerns you can by contacting Tunkhannock Township Police on their Facebook.


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