A sad chapter for the now defunct Morrisville Rescue Squad ended Monday when former treasurer Ruth “Roxy Rookstool was sentenced to serve up to three years in state prison by President Judge Wallace H. Batemen Monday afternoon.
Rookstool, 59 of Morrisville was convicted by a jury in August for stealing over $100,000 and conspiring to commit insurance fraud.
Her co-conspirator, ex-squad chief Brian Eckert, 42 of Falls pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor counts for his role in defrauding the first responder quad. He testified against Rookstool during the trial.
Eckert and Rookstool used company credit cards and checks between 2011 and March 2018 to make unauthorized payments on, among other things, personal credit card debt, veterinary care and a squad member’s honeymoon.
Rookstool was also sentenced to 60 months of probation and pay restitution of a little more of $100,000 by Batemen
Morrisville Borough officials noted at recent council meeting restitution from Eckert had been received.
Eckert was ordered by the court to pay back a little more than $30,000 as part of his sentence which was set at four to 23 months on house arrest Bucks officials said a the time.
Rookstool will serve a minimum of 15 months in prison with 90 days total credited towards time served because she was taken into custody after her jury trial