Prosecutors said Yuknavich illegally wrote himself $11,865 in fire department checks and spent $3,706 on a Sam's Club credit card.
Yuknavich served 48 hours in jail last year on a drunken-driving charge. He was also forced to undergo a health evaluation and submit to random drug and alcohol testing after pleading guilty to a Nov. 6, 2011, simple assault against an estranged girlfriend.
Police charged Yuknavich with driving under the influence Nov. 27. A former girlfriend told police Yukanvich was driving past her home early in the morning and revving his engine, violating a restraining order.
Yuknavich was acquitted of violating the order.
According to a police complaint, current and past members of the fire department told investigators that Yuknavich was the only person who dealt with bills, cash and checks.
They also said they had not seen any bookkeeping ledgers or documents pertaining to the Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Association, of which Yuknavich is also the president.
Investigators say an audit completed by Edwin Tyler, special investigator for the Department of the Auditor General, showed Yuknavich made and signed cash withdrawals that were unrelated to fire department operations and expenses.
Yuknavich is facing two counts of theft and one count each of receiving stolen property and access device fraud.
Written by The Citizens Voice