Sheriff George David has been underbilling corporations for private security work performed by his Deputies, an audit by Beaver County Controller David Rossi has determined. The finding comes after an investigative report by the Beaver Countian first revealed the private security services being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, in apparent violation of state law.

“A review of invoices to outside third-party entities for security services rendered by sheriff’s deputies revealed that such services generated an estimated deficit of $47,845” the audit concludes. “Likewise, a review of certain internal invoices for security services provided by sheriff’s deputies generated an approximate $44,315 deficit.”

The audit confirms that under Sheriff David, taxpayers have effectively been subsidizing security for private corporations including Walmart, Boscovs, Toys R Us, Target, and Cinemark.

Sheriff David has previously claimed in a series of interviews that 100% of the costs for private security work performed by his deputies was reimbursed.

Controller Rossi’s audit has also confirmed that Sheriff David is having Deputies perform private security services for some third-party organizations without any reimbursement to taxpayers. “Certain services are provided by the Sheriff and his deputies to outside, third-party organizations at no charge. Since documentation of these types of services either does not exist or is poorly maintained, determining the exact amount provided may not be possible. As in the case of under-billed services, any potential losses resulting from the provision of these services are absorbed by tax and/or fee revenues, which could otherwise have been used for other purposes. We are proceeding to further research this matter.”

In September, Beaver County Commissioners filed a lawsuit against Sheriff David attempting to stop him from having his deputies provide private security work. That lawsuit remains ongoing.

“Services by sheriffs and their deputies to parties outside of county government are apparently not allowed by Pennsylvania statutes” concludes the audit. “Additionally, the services rendered by the Beaver County Sheriff’s deputies are not provided under any type of written agreement. This combination of un-allowed and undocumented activity puts Beaver County at a severely high risk of financial loss and negative legal consequences.”

Sheriff David has said he would not be stopped from performing private security services, reportedly saying that “no commissioner, no judge, no one’s going to tell me that I can’t do it.”

“It’s all in front of a judge right now” Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik told the Beaver Countian. “The judge needs to make a decision, because we need to stop this. Georgie does what he wants, that’s how he does things, and the judge needs to make his decision because this all has to stop.”

Under Pennsylvania County Code, the performance of private security work by the Sheriff’s Office could constitute criminal misdemeanors.

See Also: Sheriff’s Over-Scheduled “Part-Timers” Could Cost County Over $1 Million

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the Beaver Countian has released a statement regarding an incident involving Sheriff George David and this reporter.

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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Bingo bingo sheriff caught LYING, let me guess his stealth lawyer is going tangle up his version of a spin off… Spanik hit the nail on the head …. But why did you let him get this far to begin with…just glad some people are going to hold that old creeps hands over the fire finally…..

What is next he going to have his 3 amigos , blog everyone is wrong…he protects football games (cough cough

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His 3 amigos; Moe, Larry and Curly…..

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GLAD TO SEE SPANIK GOT SOME BALLS AND TELL IT LIKE IT IS! STOP GEORGIE DAVID!

people really are stupid!
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people really are stupid!

So let’s see what reasons would the sherrif provide security for walmart or boscovs…etc…..Black Friday? To control the morons that think they can do whatever they want…..its not like the sherrif contracted his deputies out to police a birthday party for his kids…its not like he paid them to wash his car. He provided services where beaver county NEEDED security and might not have otherwise had it! In doing so he also put food on his deputies tables where they wouldn’t have been able to find the work elsewhere. ….think people…..nothing he has done was “in his own interest” change the law to allow private security and enforce it to be rembursed and leave the man alone!

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Leave the law as is and WalMart can hire a private security firm..its not like they can’t afford it

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GREAT JOB DAVID ROSSI…You make us proud that we voted for you. Keep up the good work wtching over our money. I gotta give credit where it is due. GREAT JOB by you and your staff. I’ll be voting for YOU again next election…..

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@ people really…. You Nimrod learn the full law… Just not outside work …what powers they have if something happen you are liable because they are not allowed to arrest unless they witness the crime no investigation powers ect. They are to protect county property and the courts also serve warrants ect, not police…. Trust me I know I work with guys that work as deputies and some are great at that job and being a police officer when working in that town preforming a function that’s with in there jurisdiction of the law,, others are not 120 certified and just have act2 and only work as deputy sheriff , and can’t go work and police something, You would be no different to go do it its the same

You got guys that work full time for years at that department and also work as police officers in different