Sheriff David tosses out candy during a parade / Beaver Countian file photo

Sheriff David has been illegally handing out free and discounted concealed carry gun permits for years, a routine audit released today by Controller David Rossi has determined. The audit confirms an investigative report published by the Beaver Countian back in July, which showed that Sheriff David had been providing the favors for friends and political cronies.

Sheriff David’s activities were first exposed by a confidential journalistic source who provided this publication with a secretly recorded video from the Sheriff’s Office. The video showed David illegally giving a $1 concealed carry gun permit to Raymond Dushac, who could be heard offering to testify as a character witness for him.

Fees for permits are dictated by state law as $5 for the application and an additional $15 fee upon successful issuance of the permit. Of those fees, $1 goes to the state with the rest being earmarked for the county. By collecting $1 for the permits, Sheriff David was able to pass routine audits conducted by state auditors, who primarily concern themselves with the Commonwealth’s portion of the funds.

After the Beaver Countian published details about Sheriff David’s abuse of public funds, he contacted the District Attorney’s Office alleging he was simply pretending to break the law when caught on video in order to entrap one of his secretaries.

But Controller Rossi’s audit confirms the Beaver Countian’s initial reports, that Sheriff David has indeed been illegally providing free and reduced gun permits to select individuals for years.

“During [2010 – 2012], we observed that several gun permits were issued for fees less than those legally prescribed. Approximately 47 permits were issued at no charge and 370 at less than the required fee. Additionally, an estimated 178 denied applicants were either not charged or refunded their fee payment, as opposed to collecting $5 per application,” wrote Controller Rossi in the audit. “During the years 2008 and 2009 we found that approximately 30 permits were issued at no charge and another 396 applicants were charged less than the $20 or $5 fee, as appropriate.”

The audit concluded that Sheriff David’s illegal discounts had cost taxpayers $13,133 since 2008.

Citing confidentiality provisions under state law which protect the identity of those obtaining concealed carry gun permits from public disclosure, Controller Rossi declined to name any of the individuals who were given discounts by Sheriff David.

But confidential sources have helped the Beaver Countian piece together a few of those names, including: President Judge John McBride, Chief County Detective Joseph Fennych, State Representative Jim Christiana and one of his campaign staffers Jennifer Price. Sheriff David also illegally gave a free permit to his attorney and political crony Myron Sainovich.

Sources say these names represent just a fraction of the politically influential people who were illegally given discounts by Sheriff David.

“The law department has been given a copy of the audit report by Controller Rossi and is going through it to determine what issues we need to discuss with the Commissioners,” County Solicitor Joseph Askar told the Beaver Countian.

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the Pennsylvania State Police.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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joe15003
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joe15003

Awesome reporting JP keep up the great work.

Nikki
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Nikki

Wow….13K sure does buy a lot of friends and favors.

Also, isn’t stealing 13,000 dollars tantamount to grand larceny? Well, there’s one more charge to add to the ever growing list of charges he’s racking up, WHILE BEING OUT ON BOND.
This alone should violate his bond, but the spineless commissioners and judges won’t do anything about it. It’s just more of the same old bullshit we are used to hearing day in and day out.

Dennis McKee
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Dennis McKee

More uninformed speak from Nikki. I think you better read what violates a bond and how it is specific to the issue. The Commissioners can do something if someone violates their bond? Most people as uninformed as you have the sense to keep quit so others don’t know. Perhaps you should swear more? Spike

J.d. Fordyce
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J.d. Fordyce

How about all the people he denied ccw licenses I have a DUI on my record from 5 years ago and he told me I have to pay a bunch of money to get it off my record even tho a DUI is not on the back of the form of reasons why your not allowed to have a ccw. That’s a national law not a corrupt beaver county law He needs to go!

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J.d. Fordyce We’ve actually published an investigative report on that subject in the past. You can read it here: https://beavercountian.com/content/daily/sheriff-david-may-illegally-denied-gun-permits-hundreds-people-applied

J.d. Fordyce
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J.d. Fordyce

Good deal. Thanks!

Dennis McKee
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Dennis McKee

What needs to happen is the Sheriff should be sued in his personal and professional capacity both and made to pay damages from his pocket. My case is an example. If I don’t sue him all that happens is he must give back my permit. There is a saying you cannot be a victim without your own participation and if we do nothing it will continue. I have only had a few inquiries regarding a class action against the Sheriff. With 300 aggrieved only a few will sue? Its not like it would be hard to win especially against Sainovich. A judicial determination already exists and anyone who knows anything about law would understand how important that is in a cause of action such as this. We need to all understand what is going on is a result of us doing nothing but complaining. Perhaps if the people on this site who complain about what I do would spend that time doing something it would inspire them to be doers and not talkers. Spike

Dennis McKee
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Dennis McKee

I would urge everyone that has had their rights violated in a permit issue by the Sheriff and doesn’t want me to represent them get hold of Attorney Prince. Or do what I do file against him pro se as I won easily. 1 law suit is worth many thousands of complaints as they are meaningless. Spike

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

Why can’t any citizen of Beaver County place him under citizens arrest for theft of funds that should be used to benefit the residents of this county?

Rob Shoff
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Rob Shoff

Probably y they could’ve find my permit when they thought I was lying in 02 but ya I’m the bad guy I think it’s more than just the top that’s corrupt. Police dept still has a pistol of mine for no reason