On April 17, 2019, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Niagara arrested Lawrence D. Amachaer Jr., 49 of Sanborn, NY for Grand Larceny 4th degree Falsify Business Records 1st degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st degree. All charges are an E Felony.
On February 4, 2019 the BCI was contacted by the Office of New York State Comptroller that former Pekin Fire Company President Amacher possibly took funds from the company’s bell jar collection. Further investigation revealed that Amacher allegedly withdrew $1,800 from the company’s bell jar account and falsely submitted the required New York State Gaming Commission reports in 2014 and 2015, which misrepresented his use of the funds.
As company president, Amacher oversaw the fire company’s games of chance, used to raise money for the company to aid their protection of the community. According to an investigation by Comptroller DiNapoli’s office and the New York State Police, Amacher allegedly pocketed cash collected for his own use.
Amachaer was processed at SP Niagara and issued appearance tickets returnable to the town of Cambria Court in May 2019.
This was a joint investigation with the Office of New York State Comptroller and the NYSP BCI.