MONTOURSVILLE - A former officer of a Lycoming County American Legion is accused of defrauding the organization of $127,020.88, according to state police.

Jess P. Hackenburg, 69, of Montoursville, was Montoursville Post 104's finance officer/treasurer when he allegedly forged documents to increase the organization's line of credit at Muncy Bank and Trust.

State police said he diverted the funds between January 2010 and December 2012 into his own personal account and that of his business, JP Hackenburg and Sons, an aircraft parts and supplier in Montoursville.

According to the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, 178 checks totaling $44,719.88 were written either to Hackenburg or the business, 242 cash deposits totaling $64,931 were made to the accounts and 42 other checks totaling $17,370 were diverted either to Hackenburg or the business.

The investigation was initiated in January at the request of the Legion post's board of directors after they believed to have discovered the alleged fraud. Club members along with Hackenburg were interviewed during the investigation.

Hackenburg is charged with five second-degree felony counts of forgery and a single third-degree felony count of theft. He was arraigned Friday before by Magisterial District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Lycoming County, and released on $40,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7.