Firefighters perform an invaluable service for thousands of communities throughout the nation, as they are willing to risk their lives in order to save their friends and neighbors in the towns in which they work. As such, these men and women often hold positions of trust and authority in the stations where they are assigned. One Pennsylvania chief and his son are now facing multiple counts of theft charges.
According to the report, the 47-year-old fire chief and his 23-year-old son, who is a former captain, are currently free on two separate $10,000 unsecured bails. They waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on the charges that they used a fire company credit card to make unauthorized purchases of gas and fuel oil for personal use. The father is facing misdemeanor charges for device fraud in connection to the use of the machines where the purchases were made along with receiving stolen goods and theft.
His son, who resigned as captain, is facing similar charges on a felony level. The fuel card was purportedly maxed out at $2,500. The younger man reportedly claimed that he used the company card to buy gas for his car due to his unemployed status. He also allegedly confessed that it was used to buy heating oil on more than one occasion.
The theft was discovered when a fire company officer was going over the accounts and noticed the missing funds. The former captain allegedly stated that his father had claimed that the men had permission to use the credit account. Both men were ordered to turn over their keys and equipment until the theft charges can be resolved. One aspect that the men may challenge is the validity of any supposed statements that either man may have made and whether all proper procedures were followed by arresting officers. Furthermore, the men are ensured of the right to face their accusers while simultaneously exploring any offers that the Pennsylvania prosecutors may present to them in attempt to reach the best resolution possible for each of them.
Source: firehouse.com, “Theft Cases Against Former Pa. Fire Chief, Son Headed to Court”, Frank Andruscavage, Dec. 5, 2014