Ohio Family Accused of Stealing from EMS Provider

Six members of an Ohio family are facing charges that they stole $75,000 worth of fuel from an EMS provider in Ohio. Tony Wilson, his wife Malea, sons Christopher and Tony Lee, daughter Tiffany Wiseman, and her husband Joshua Wiseman have been charged with stealing from Patriot EMS, located in Ironton, Ohio.

The six were indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury. Tony Wilson worked as the fleet manager at Patriot EMS, where he presumably gained access to fuel cards. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost explained how the scheme worked. Quoting from the press release:

  • Wilson is accused of stealing fuel cards from the company and giving them to family members, who in turn bought gas for personal use and resale.
  • In March 2022, the owner of Patriot EMS noticed unexplained charges to fuel cards for ambulances that were no longer in service. Spending records and gas station security footage revealed that Wilson and his family racked up the charges dating back to April 2020.
  • In addition to pumping gas for their personal vehicles, video evidence shows them filling large fuel containers and buying gas for other individuals. One witness told law enforcement that Wilson’s daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Joshua Wiseman, resold gas at a 50% discount.
  • The charges are as follows:
  • Tony Wilson
    • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Theft, Theft of a credit card
  • Malea Wilson
    • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Theft, Receiving stolen property
  • Tiffany Wiseman
    • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Theft, Receiving stolen property
  • Joshua Wiseman
    • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Theft, Receiving stolen property
  • Christopher Wilson
    • Theft, Receiving stolen property
  • Tony Lee Wilson
    • Theft, Receiving stolen property

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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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