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Muncy woman ordered to be removed from office by DA

By Staff | Aug 30, 2011

Bonnie J. Snyder, of 119 Fairground St., Muncy, who serves as Constable for Muncy Creek Township, has been ordered by Lycoming County District Attorney, Eric R. Linhardt, to be removed from office for convictions of writing bad checks.

She was elected to serve in November 2009 and her commission began in January 2010.

According to Lindhardt, Snyder has prior criminal convictions on several occasions for writing bad checks. Article II, Section 7 of the state constitution prohibits individuals who have been convicted of infamous crimes from holding public office. Infamous crimes are defined as felony offenses and crimes of dishonesty and falsehood.

In 2002 Snyder was convicted of writing bad checks on three occasions for which she served 16 months probation. Snyder was also convicted of one count of theft by deception in 2003 as well as a count of writing worthless checks in Norfolk,VA in 1985.

According to Lindhardt based on the evidence, “Snyder does not possess the requisite character for public office. The purpose of removing Ms. Snyder is not to punish her, but to ensure the good character of those individuals to whom our citizens look for governance.”

Linhardt was contacted by County Sheriff, R. Mark Lusk with the information about Snyders’ prior convictions. Following an investigation, Linhardt and Lusk informed Snyder that her prior convictions preclude her from holding public office and asked her to voluntarily resign.

When Snyder declined, Linhardt filed the paperwork to have her removed by court order. A hearing will be scheduled at a later date.