"Moving On So That Others Can Move Up…"
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AN ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF in Cottonwood Heights,Utah, was taken before a judge Wednesday after being charged with obtaining prescription drugs under false pretenses.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported:
Assistant Chief Marlon Don Jones declined to hear the judge read aloud the 14 counts he faces — falsely obtaining prescriptions, which is also known as doctor shopping. Each of the third-degree felonies carry a possible sentence of up to five years in state prison.
Cottonwood Heights police began investigating Jones after the agency was asked to look into irregularities and discrepancies concerning UFA’s supply of controlled substances, according to a UFA statement. In doing so, investigators began exploring the drug histories of UFA employees.
Jones was found to have a large number of prescriptions for several highly-addictive controlled substances from various pharmacies, including hydrocodone and carisoprodol, which are pain killers, and zolpidem, a sleep aid, according to court documents.
Jones has been on the department for 24 years. The investigation was expanded into all the FD's employees and uncovered a second violator, an 18-year member who was doing much the same thing.
Both cases are reported fully in the article HERE.
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FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, FIRE CHIEF ROB BROWN resigned his office Tuesday facing several felony charges of domestic violence. Brown, who had been on the job barely one year, was arrested on June 12 following a prolonged episode at his home involving his wife and one of his teenage sons.
That incident was covered at the time in a video report by Firegeezer HERE.
The Fresno Bee has more background with a report on this week's activity HERE.
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IN BLADEN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, the Clarkton fire chief and the assistant chief were arrested and charged with crimes relating to insurance fraud. WWAY-TV is reporting:
Allen Robinson, 35, and Joshua Edward Simmons, 25, have both been charged with crimes resulting from a search warrant which was served on 07/09/2013.
Robinson, who was the Clarkton Fire Chief, has been charged with (2) counts of Insurance Fraud, (5) counts of Embezzlement, and (2) counts of Corporate Malfeasance. The case was presented to a Bladen County Grand Jury Monday (08/05/2013).
Robinson was released on a $175,000 unsecured bond.
Simmons, who was the Assistant Clarkton Fire Chief, has been charged with Felony Conspiracy.
Robinson and Simmons are accused of cutting a water pump off one the fire trucks in 2012 and reporting the pump as being stolen for the insurance money. The pump was valued at close to $13,000. Robinson also reported several air tanks as being stolen in 2010, when in-fact, they were still being used by the Clarkton Fire Department.
Robinson is also accused of misappropriation of funds while he was chief of the Fire Department.
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