Volunteer firefighter, 82, accused of stealing department funds

James Morris is charged with embezzling funds intended for the operations of the fire station over a period of several years


ONLEY, Va. — A longtime firefighter on the Eastern Shore is accused of stealing money from his own department.

After spending almost four decades with the Onley Volunteer Fire Department, 82-year-old James Morris faces a long list of charges. Most of his time with the department was spent as treasurer. "I'm stunned," said Accomack County resident Lori Graham. "I've lived here for about 25 years and volunteer firefighters are the backbone of what people do around here."

The news of Morris' arrest spread faster than the flames he used to battle. He was arrested Oct. 9 after a year-long investigation by Virginia State Police. A Virginia State Police special agent initiated the investigation in November 2012 after allegations were made against Morris for embezzlement in his position as treasurer of the Onley Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Station 18.

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