The former treasurer of the now-defunct Morrisville Ambulance Squad will spend up to 3 years in prison. Ruth “Roxy” Rookstool, 59, must also pay back more than $100,000 in restitution as part of her sentence.
A jury convicted Rookstool in August of insurance fraud and theft, among other charges. Co-conspirator and ex-Chief Brian Eckert testified in Rookstool’s trial as part of a plea agreement.
The pair conspired to forge signatures on checks, receive fraudulent reimbursements, and illegally enroll in healthcare coverage to the tune of a combined $132,000. Investigators determined the crimes lasted for the better part of a decade between 2011 and 2018.
To avoid suspicion, Rookstool and Eckert used the signature stamp of squad president Laurie Hoffer without her knowledge. Authorities say they used the funds to pay off credit cards, treatment costs for veterinarians, and even a squadmate’s honeymoon.
Capital Health took over the operations of the Morrisville Ambulance Squad in September of 2018. Other members of the squad not involved in the scheme were able to transition smoothly to the new group.
At a minimum, Rookstool will spend 15 months in prison.