$373k Pink Collar Theft from Virginia Fire Company

The president of a volunteer fire company in Virginia has been charged with embezzling more than $373,000 over a three-year period. Virginia Hoskings has been charged by the Prince William County Police Department with stealing the funds between April 2016 and July 2019, while she was president of the Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department.

A big thank you to Kelly Paxton, who runs the Pink Collar Crime blog, for making me aware of the case. Kelly focuses on the little-known problem of theft by females. After meeting Kelly and comparing her experience with my data, a startling statistic emerged: over 27.5% of the embezzlement occurring in volunteer fire companies in the US is committed by females. That statistic is particularly alarming when one compares the relatively low number of females in the fire service.

Kelly suggests that all too often, men make a faulty assumption that women are somehow more trustworthy than men when in reality both genders are equally likely to steal. As a result, female thieves find it relatively easy to steal from an organization like a volunteer fire department, often without raising any suspicions. Kelly has made it her mission in life to bring attention to this problem. Please visit her site.

According to INSIDENOVA, Hoskins is no longer with the Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department. She is facing two felony counts of embezzlement. More on the story.

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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