Indiana Firefighter Gets Suspended Sentence For Pocketing CPR Fees

A former Indiana firefighter who taught CPR courses but failed to turn in all the fees collected, has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay restitution of $4500.

Robert A. Grayless taught CPR classes at the St. Joseph Township Fire Department between June 2013 and December 2014. The investigation began when St. Joseph Township’s fire chief discovered discrepancies between the registered attendees and the money received for a class in December 2014.

In July 2015 Grayless, 51, was charged with two counts of theft for allegedly not turning in all of the fees he collected for the classes. He pled guilty last month in Allen Superior Court to one count of theft and the other charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but Judge Wendy Davis suspended the sentence, placed him on probation, and ordered him to pay the $4500 in restitution to St. Joseph Township.

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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.
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