James City woman is charged in theft

A James City woman has been charged with theft for allegedly using more than $3,400 in funds for the Highland Township Volunteer Department to pay personal bills.Cindy Ann Hulings, 40, of 168 Maryland Ave., James City, is charged with two counts of theft by deception and one count of access device fraud, according to a criminal complaint filed with Johnsonburg District Court Judge George “Tony” King.One of the counts is a felony, court records show.Hulings faces a preliminary hearing in district court at 9 a.m. April 11, according to court information.State Police Trooper Matthew Higgins from the Ridgway State Police base filed the charges earlier this month following an investigation.According to court documents, the thefts took place while Hulings was serving as treasurer of the fire department based in James City.Court records allege that Hulings used a fire department check to pay a $453.91 electric bill at her residence.Court documents also show that Hulings allegedly cashed a fire department check for $3,000 and “used the money to make house payments for her residence.”During the investigation, Hulings allegedly “admitted” using the fire departments checks to pay personal bills, court documents indicate. She resigned as treasurer last December, court documents show. See full article by purchasing the March 17 edition of The Kane Republican.