Charges against former Legion official to proceed

After hearing testimony from several prosecution witnesses over a two-day period, District Judge Gary A. Whiteman ruled Monday their was sufficient evidence to hold Jess P. Hackenburg on all charges stemming from the theft of $130,000 from the American Legion Post 104 in Montoursville.

Hackenburg, 69, of 337 Jordan Ave., Montoursville, is alleged to have stolen the money from the post between January 2010 and the end of 2012, according to state police.

A retired Army sergeant, Hackenburg has been a longtime member of the Legion and served as the club’s finance officer and treasurer for the past seven years.

He was forced out at the end of 2012 soon after refusing to hand over the club’s complete financial statement, police said.

Police allege he forged the signatures of other post officers on key documents and also directed cash from the American Legion Post to his own business, Jess Hackenburg and Sons, through 16 unauthorized checks that he allegedly wrote.

Hackenburg, who remains free on $40,000 bail, will face further court action five felony counts of forgery and and one count of theft.