Tag Archives: theft

Massachusetts Firefighters Angry About No Charges Following Investigation Into Missing Funds

Firefighters in Hudson believe a former fire chief is responsible for the disappearance of more than $60,000 from a firefighter relief fund. Channel 5 WCVB is reporting that a police investigation into the Hudson Firefighters Relief Association Fund concluded that the funds were “drained” by December, 2010, and they are powerless to charge anyone over its disappearance due to the statute of limitations.

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Indiana AG Sues Former Fire Department Treasurer for Over $575k

The attorney general for Indiana has filed suit against the former treasurer of a volunteer fire department to recover not only the $185k in department funds he is accused of misappropriating plus $50k in additional costs the department incurred, but a statutory damage award of three times the fire department’s actual damages for a total of $575k.

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Former Alabama Fire Chief Charged

The former fire chief in Trussville, Alabama has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of first degree auto theft and sale, and 3 counts of ethics violations. Chief Russell Ledbetter was reportedly arrested, processed and released on bond yesterday.

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Florida Chief Accused of Massive Fraud Scheme

A recently retired assistant chief from Indian River County Fire Rescue, has been charged in connection with a tire-reselling scheme costing the county nearly $300,000. Assistant Chief Brian Burkeen was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

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SC Chief Sentenced to 33 Months For Embezzlement

A South Carolina fire chief who was convicted of embezzling funds from his department has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison. US Attorney Beth Drake announced today that Judge Richard Gergel had handed down the sentence to former St. Paul’s Fire Chief Doc Matthews

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Florida Firefighter Accused of Running Fundraising Scam

A Tallahassee firefighter and his wife, a Tallahassee police officer, have been charged in connection with the theft of proceeds from a fundraiser they ran last year. Joseph “Mike” Amison and Jennifer Amison are facing charges of organizing a scheme to defraud, failure to apply contributions in a manner substantially consistent with the solicitation, and two counts of grand theft.

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Winnipeg Firefighter Sentenced For Stealing From Victim

Yesterday’s blog covered an unfortunately widespread problem involving the theft of large sums from fire organizations (volunteer fire companies and firefighter unions) by trusted insiders. Today out of Winnipeg comes news of an extremely rare type of theft: a firefighter who stole from a victim.

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Ohio Fire Department’s Leadership Under Investigation

The leadership of an Ohio fire department has been placed on administrative leave and the police chief placed in charge in the aftermath of theft allegations. The Village of Union City’s mayor, Zachary Pruitt, placed Fire Chief Pamela Idle, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Stump, and Captain Craig Idle on administrative leave without pay.

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Family Sues Long Island Fire Department Over Theft Allegations

The family of an elderly Long Island volunteer firefighter who was accused of stealing cash from a fundraiser several year ago, is suing the fire company claiming the man had Alzheimer’s. John BaRoss Sr., 80, and a 50 year veteran of the Greenlawn Fire Department, was banned after being accused of pocketing cash while selling pizza at the annual Fireman’s Fair.

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