Prison time for former ambulance official who stole more than $100K from squad

Ruth Rookstool could spend up to three years in prison and must pay restitution


By EMS1 Staff

MORRISVILLE, Pa. — A former Pennsylvania ambulance squad operations manager was sentenced to spend at least one year and three months in prison after being found guilty of stealing more than $100,000 from her employer.

Ruth Rookstool, 59, was convicted of theft and insurance fraud in August after prosecutors said she used checks and credit cards belonging to her employer, Morrisville Ambulance Squad, to make unauthorized payments between 2011 and 2018, according to The Intelligencer.

Ruth Rookstool, 59, was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from her former employer, Morrisville Ambulance Squad, in August, and sentenced this week to up to three years in prison. (Photo/Bucks County District Attorney's Office)
Ruth Rookstool, 59, was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from her former employer, Morrisville Ambulance Squad, in August, and sentenced this week to up to three years in prison. (Photo/Bucks County District Attorney's Office)

At her sentencing this week, Rookstool was ordered to serve one year and three months to three years in prison, and to pay restitution to those she stole from, including the borough of Morrisville and several insurance companies.

Prosecutors said Rookstool had used the stolen funds for personal expenses, including buying a new dishwasher, and that she showed no remorse during sentencing.

Another former Morrisville Ambulance Squad official, ex-chief Brian Eckert, was convicted of stealing about $30,000 and sentenced to four to 23 months in October.

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