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Posted on: September 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Former Police Chief Charged with Filing False Payroll Reports


The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office filed charges Thursday against Joseph D. Goody, 53, of Bainbridge. Specifically, Lancaster County Detective Andrew Morgan filed felony counts of theft by deception, tampering with public records or information, and conflict of interest.

The charges regard conduct between October 2012 and September 2014 when Mr. Goody was employed by the Mount Joy Borough Police Department. Mr. Goody served as the department’s Officer in Charge between July 2012 and April 2014. In that capacity, Mr. Goody approved and submitted to Mount Joy Borough bi-weekly payroll information for sworn officers/personnel.

The investigation showed numerous occurrences (62) when Mr. Goody provided false information on personal and departmental payroll sheets, in which he failed to properly document and deduct his own vacation, sick, or compensation time.

The false information resulted in improper payment for 221.5, at $34.21 per hour, for a total $7,577.51.

Mount Joy Borough officials cooperated in the investigation.

In all, 62 counts of tampering with public records or information, one count of theft by deception, and one count of conflict of interest were filed with District Judge 2-3-01, Hon. Scott Albert. Judge Albert arraigned Mr. Goody Thursday morning.

Mr. Goody is presumed innocent.

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