The trial of Kelly Gabel, the former treasurer of the Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department indicted for aggregated theft of taxpayer funds provided to the department by Emergency Service District No. 3, has been postponed until Oct. 7, when jury selection is scheduled to begin.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, but it was delayed for the second time. Gabel is facing one felony count of aggravated theft.
Gabel is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the department over the course of four years, during which time her husband, Dennis Gabel, was chief.
She neglected to file tax returns with the IRS during this time, leading to the revocation of the department’s tax-exempt status in 2018.
Only recently, on June 6, after a great deal of struggle, were current Fire Chief Joshua Morris and treasurer Jessica Robledo able to restore the department’s 501(c)(3) status.
The department and Emergency Service District No. 3 are still negotiating a new contract to replace the one that was terminated as a result of the department’s loss of 501(c)(3) status.
The new contract will enable the department to resume providing firefighting and rescue services to Liverpool and the surrounding area.