True faces added charges in financial theft case


More charges have been filed against John Phillip True of Hancock in a theft and embezzlement case.

True was initially charged in in May of this year with 12 charges, including multiple theft charges, embezzlement and misappropriation.

According to online court documents, True now faces four new charges – two counts embezzlement – misappropriate, theft $1,500 to under $25,000, and theft scheme $1,500 to under $25,000. The charges were filed on August 8.

The charges are in Washington County Circuit Court in an informative case with a target trial date of September 12.

The charges stem from an investigation by Hancock Police in July of 2019 where the James Bowers Masonic Lodge had missing funds from their bank accounts and certificate of deposit accounts.

At the time of the suspected thefts, True was the treasurer for the Masonic Lodge and had used fund from the lodge accounts to cover bills and bank accounts at another organization in which he was the treasurer.

True was also the treasurer for the Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club and, according to reports, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was investigating financial irregularities by that club as well.