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Audit probes huge porn stash, questionable spending at Ky. department

Authorities are on the lookout for former Asst. Chief Terry Triplett who reportedly stole a fire department vehicle and left the state to avoid charges surrounding $123,000 in questionable spending

By FireRescue1 Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — An auditor found 800 pornographic videos on office computers and $123,000 in questionable spending at a Ky. volunteer fire department.

The auditor says he found questionable spending from former Garrett Area Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Terry Triplett, according to the Herald-Leader.

Triplett has been reported missing since March, fleeing town in an allegedly stolen department vehicle.

Officials initially thought Triplett's disappearance was a product of foul play, but phone records showed that he has been in four different states and is likely avoiding the pending legal charges he faces.

Among the questionable charges are $62,000 in questionable cash withdrawals, $16,500 in restaurant charges, $4,600 in gift cards and $839 for fireworks.

Auditors told the Herald-Leader that Triplett also bought personal items with department funds, including a vehicle, televisions, laptop and alcohol.

In addition, pornographic videos were found on department computers and external hard drives.

The spending occurred between 2006 and March 2012.




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Jamie Brown Jamie Brown Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:35:37 PM wow give someone a few bugles and they think the can do what ever the want.
Mark Normington Mark Normington Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:38:29 PM Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Kurk Haddix Kurk Haddix Thursday, November 01, 2012 3:03:25 AM Sounds like they need a little more accountability
Bobby Guilbeau Bobby Guilbeau Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:09:32 AM Wow, no annual audits?
Daniel Thompson Daniel Thompson Monday, November 05, 2012 6:53:38 AM Why did it take 6 years though to find all this out? We do an audit once a year with an outside not related to the fire service company.
Mike Brady Mike Brady Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:57:01 AM This happened in a small rural community with very few citizens available to volunteer their time to the fire department, or to the board that oversees the fire district. As such, matters of FD business were left up to the fire district board treasurer who also happened to work his way into the assistant fire chief's position. A questionable, but not uncommon arrangement in small fire districts; it appears he wasn't working alone. After reading the local newspaper article, it sounds like a few bad guys took advantage of this situation and bugged out when someone turned some light in their direction. But, in all fairness to the remaining fire department volunteers and board members, you can read about similar abuse of office situations in cities small and large all across this country. Here's a link to the article as it appeared in the local newspaper last week. http://www.floydcountytimes.com/view/full_story/20660170/article-Garret-Volunteer-Fire-Department-scrutinized-in-Audit

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