Montana VFD Latest Victim of Pink Collar Theft

The secretary of a Montana volunteer fire department’s auxiliary board is accused of stealing $60,000 from the organization. Annie Morigeau is charged with theft and forgery from the Saint Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary Board. Morigeau, 33, is the wife of Saint Ignatius Fire Chief Jeremia Morigeau.

According to KPAX Channel 8, Morigeau stole the funds over a three-year period by forging the treasurer’s signature and misusing the board’s debit card. Chief Morigeau submitted his resignation yesterday.

Besides serving as the secretary for the auxiliary board, Annie Morigeau served on the Saint Ignatius City Council. Mayor Steve McCollumb told KPAX he would be asking her to resign from the council.

For more on the little known problem of Pink Collar Crime, please visit my friend Kelly Paxton’s blog.

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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