Virginia Fire Programs Officer Charged With Theft

The Chief Administrative Officer at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs is facing allegations that she stole funds from the organization.  Brenda R. Scaife, 58, has been charged with four felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. Charges are felonies because the amount in question exceeds $500.

The Virginia State Police initiated an investigation last year at the request of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts and the Virginia Office of the State Inspector General. The offenses are reported to have occurred on four separate occasions dating back to August 2017.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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