Food Pantry Volunteer Indicted On Theft, Forgery Charges - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Food Pantry Volunteer Indicted On Theft, Forgery Charges

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury indicted a former treasurer for a suburban Cleveland food pantry on 21 felony counts including grand theft and forgery.

Richard Underkofler, 43, is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the Euclid Hunger Center.

Prosecutors said that Underkofler withdrew money from the hunger center's bank accounts by writing checks to himself or using automatic teller machines.

Underkofler served as the center's volunteer treasurer for two-and-a-half years. The center's board removed him in April after unpaid bills made them suspicious.

Underkofler denies the allegations.

The hunger center is closed right now and needy families are being directed to the United Way.

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