Wisconsin Fire Officials Charged With Stealing From Department

A chief officer and the secretary – treasurer of a volunteer fire department in Wisconsin have been arrested and charged with stealing from the department.

Chief Ryne Jackleyn of the Bagley Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with misdemeanor theft, while secretary – treasurer Jodi Moris was charged with felony theft. The charges were brought by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Jackleyn, 31, of Bagley, and Moris, 57, are accused of stealing roughly $12,500 total, with Jackleyn’s amount being under $2500 and Moris being more than $10,000.

The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in March after being alerted to suspicious activity by a local banking institution. According to Sheriff Nate Dreckman, the pair were withdrawing previously deposited donations to use for personal expenses. Their next court appearance will be June 7.

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And while we are discussing theft in the volunteer service… here’s my latest column from Firehouse Magazine on Pink Collar Crime.

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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