Arrest in Washington Twp. F.D. theft investigation

by Bill Hughes on April 20, 2015 at 6:44 am

The investigation into the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department has resulted in an arrest.

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam Siddle. He is the former Assistant Chief of the volunteer ire department. Sheriff Matt Lutz was cautious to release many details about the case since it is still ongoing, but he did say Siddle is indicted on 16 counts.

Those counts include 2 counts of theft, 9 counts of telecommunications fraud, 4 counts of forgery, and also a single count of money laundering.

“We’re very careful about releasing any of the details until we’re a little further along in the court case because all that plays a part,” Lutz said. “We don’t usually release anything until we get charges filed. We’re going to be very basically tight lipped. We don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the case.”

If charged and found guilty of all 16 counts, Lutz said Siddle faces around 20 years in prison if the terms are served consecutively. The Sheriff’s Office made an incident free arrest of Siddle on Wednesday after receiving the grand jury indictments earlier in the day.

“It was in reference to the theft investigation at the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department,” Lutz said. “It’s an ongoing case and there were indictments issued last week on Wednesday. We were able to get those indictments served on him. He was arrested and transported to the Muskingum County Jail.”

Siddle will be arraigned in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Monday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m.