And Another VFD Skips The Audit Procedures
THE TREASURER OF A LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia, VFD was arragned yesterday and charged with stealing more than a half-million dollars from his department's treasury over a period of twelve years. The Washington Post tells:
The longtime treasurer of a volunteer fire department in Loudoun County pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $645,000 of the organization’s money, which he used to pay off his mortgage and credit card bills and fix his car.
In court documents, Jerry Keith Cromer Jr., 79, admitted that he essentially used the coffers of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department as his own bank account for more than a decade, writing checks or simply withdrawing money for personal expenses. The theft started in 2000 and continued until September, court filings show.
Cromer’s plea comes just more than a year after authorities revealed that Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Paul Draisey was suspected of taking almost $500,000 from the organization. Draisey, a popular Loudoun radio personality, killed himself after members of the department’s board started asking questions about the group’s funds.
Firegeezer says: It looks like Loudoun County government has a bit of an oversight problem, letting more than a million taxpayers dollars slip away unnoticed like that.
Read the entire article in the Washington Post HERE.
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