Ohio Lieutenant Indicted For Fire Truck Parts Scam

An Ohio volunteer fire lieutenant and a mechanic have been indicted and charged with operating a $180,000 fire apparatus parts scam.

Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department lieutenant Phillip Bruss and mechanic Dale Butter were charged with theft and receiving stolen property after they were arrested for scamming fire departments through a company, Northeast Ohio Emergency Vehicles, which dealt online in fire truck parts.




About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • Rob Jackson

    Scumbags pure and simple!!! Besides defrauding fire departments they left many people they had been buying parts from hanging as well. My company is out over two thousand dollars but even worse they put one company out of business when they cheated them out of $53,000 for a fire truck body that they took delivery of and then stopped payment on the check. I hope they get the book thrown at them but I doubt the court system will work as it should.


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