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Embezzlement

Public safety agencies are not immune to bad actors and can be vulnerable to embezzlement by fire department members and leaders. In this topic, read about current developments on embezzlement allegations in the fire service and how to avoid liability issues.

Morley Volunteer Fire Company former treasurer Cindi Perkins admitted to stealing over $16K
Bennet Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Tim Norris faced allegations of “leadership issues,” inappropriate behavior, and “unwillingness to change” in a six-page letter from members
10 steps to reduce the risk of financial misconduct, promoting a transparent and accountable organization
An audit showed that North Amityville Fire Department’s disbursements included diamond rings, Christmas gifts, pro sports tickets and trips to Jamaica and Alaska
The investigation found that while Ryan Pierce served as Stanwood fire chief, $4,403.84 was disbursed improperly
Daniel Keener said he used his role as Bethany Pike VFD treasurer to divert funds, which he spent on concert tickets, credit card payments and jewelry
According to police, Wellsburg Chief Scott Kins said he had been responsible for more than 20 drawings and bingos since he took on the role of chief in 2021
The FBI searched a Denton County station in Argyle on Thursday looking for evidence against recently retired Fire Chief Troy Mac Hohenberger
Gregg Township Chief Darin Bressler first told police he made 18 withdrawals and put the funds toward a fire engine but later admitted to paying off his bills
James Carbin was placed on administrative leave in April and was recently suspended without pay
Kengra S. Taylor spent the West End Fire Company’s funds on vacations, purchases and services at retailers and Harley Davidson dealerships, prosecutors say
Former Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Christian French faces 18 charges
The Roanoke County Police Department and the county’s internal auditor are investigating the Hollins Fire and Rescue Volunteer Squad
Wayne Triche embezzled money from the pension fund to cover his gambling, home improvement and living expenses
The sentence is half of what prosecutors sought for Verdine Day, who stole over $200,000 from members and took money that was to be given to the NAACP