Thursday, September 15, 2011

West Virginia Man Indicted On Charges He Embezzled Nearly $250K From Fire Department

Stephen Wilson, 61, of Keyser, West Virginia, has been indicted on charges he embezzled nearly $250,000 from the Short Gap Fire Department where he had served as treasurer.  According to prosecutors, Wilson's scheme spanned a 14 year period which involved transferring department funds to his personal business accounts and to pay his personal bills.  He was charged with embezzlement and falsifying accounts, both felonies.  According to reports, Wilson was also charged with seven counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm for bringing a gun to the last board meeting that he attended and threatening to take his own life.  A total of $242,269.15 is alleged to have been misappropriated by Wilson.

Read the story here and here.

Update (4/9/12): Wilson has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. 

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