Indiana Firefighter Charged With Forgery and Theft

An Indiana firefighter has been charged with stealing $20,000 in township funds. Christopher L. McKain, 44, has been charged with felony theft and felony forgery by the Indiana State Police.

According to WBIW, McKain was a member of the Jackson-Washington Township Fire Department. He was tasked with making certain purchases and completing certain jobs, for which he was to be reimbursed. McKain allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices from businesses indicating the services had been rendered or items purchased. He was then reimbursed by Jackson-Washington Township Treasurer.

ISP investigated McKain for 10 months before making the arrest. He is being held at Jackson County Jail pending an arraignment in Jackson County Circuit Court. 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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