In this August 2013 photo, Gerald Pawling, left, arrives with his attorney Daniel Bush at district court in Caln for an arraignment. (Photo by Vinny Tennis/Daily Local News)
is reportedly prepared to admit to accusations that he
stole more than $40,000 from the Coatesville Police Benevolent Association
, the union he
helped found in 2000 to represent the citys police officers in contract negotiations.
will also admit to thefts of more than $7,000 from the city police evidence room and $9,000 from the Coatesville Police Athletic League
, and to a case of felony insurance fraud, the prosecutor handling the cases against him confirmed Thursday.
Before the allegations came to light, the work and character of Pawling
were praised by the police officers and prosecutors he
worked with over a 17-year career.
With no agreement in place as to what his
sentence will be, Pawling
is expected to throw himself on the mercy of the court, allowing the judge assigned to hear the matter to determine his
Pawling, 43, of Caln, was originally arrested in August and charged with eight counts of forgery and 51 counts of theft.
Authorities contended at the time that he
stole the money by forging the names of other officers in the union on checks from an account set up to run fundraising activities while he
was acting as the organizations treasurer.
District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a press conference that Pawling
had used the money he
stole to maintain a lifestyle above his
means, including a suburban home with a pool, a hot tub, and a high-end home theater system.
, who had been publicly lauded as a trusted and committed police investigator, was later charged with the additional crimes in January and March.
Those included the siphoning of money from the unions credit account at Staples to buy expensive electronic equipment, the thefts from PAL, the thefts of sealed envelopes containing cash confiscated during criminal investigations from the police departments evidence locker, and the commission of insurance fraud involving a camera Pawling allegedly stole from the evidence room and later claimed had been swiped from his
The case against Pawling
has gone through twists and turns since he
was first charged.
had been said to be cooperating with Chester County Detectives assigned to the case since the thefts were reported to them in July, and he
preliminary hearing in that case in August.