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Deputies: Treasurer stole more than $10,000 from Woodville Volunteer Fire Department

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 16:54:06-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The treasurer for the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department has been arrested after Leon County deputies discovered she wrote checks to herself, stole money collected during a donation drive and made unauthorized charges on her department credit card, the thefts totaling more than $10,000.

The Leon County Sheriff's office says members of the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department discovered money missing from their account and reported it to LCSO last month.

During the investigation, the members of the department said they discovered that the treasurer for the department had been writing checks to herself without authorization from the department, the checks totaling almost $4,000.

They also learned that the treasurer never deposited more than $1,000 that was donated to a “Boot Drive” on Sept. 14 and made several unauthorized credit card charges from the treasurer on her department credit card totaling nearly $5,000.

Deputies say the treasurer also admitted to accidentally damaging her department issued laptop and throwing it away instead of telling the department it was damaged. The computer and associated software paid for by the department was worth about $500.

Based on the evidence, the treasure was arrested and charged with 11 counts of depositing with intent to defraud, bank fraud, grand theft over $10,000 and organized scheme to defraud.

LCSO says the suspect's information has been redacted from their report per Florida Statue 119.