The former chief of the Scotch-Irish Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with embezzling money from the department, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Jesse Raymon Hoshall III, 38, is accused of embezzling more than $19,000 between 2010 and 2012 while he served as fire chief.
He is accused of using the department’s credit card multiple times to purchase personal things, many of them small items.
According to investigators, the fire department’s board began to look into the transactions last month when questions about some of the charges arose. The investigation reportedly showed Hoshall used the card several times for personal use.
He was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzlement of property received by virtue of office or employment. He was held on a $10,000 secured bond and later released.
The Scotch Irish Volunteer Fire Department is in Woodleaf, an unincorporated community northwest of Salisbury.
Hoshall had served as fire chief until July, when the board appointed someone else.
The fire department released the following statement to WBTV:
“On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the Scotch Irish Volunteer Fire Department Fire Commissioners were informed for the first time that a former fire chief Jesse Raymon “Trey” Hoshall, had used the fire department credit card for personal use over a period dating from July 2, 2010 through May 28, 2012.
“The Fire Commissioners contacted the Scotch Irish Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors with this information and scheduled a meeting with the board the following night, Monday, September 21, 2015 after requesting the bank credit card records and the yearly CPA audit records and the yearly CPA audit reports from the years in question from the fire department’s treasurer.
“The fire department board of directors unanimously decided that the Fire Marshall, Rowan County Manager and Sheriff’s Office be contacted immediately. Fire Department officials turned over all records to the Sheriff’s Office the following morning on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 to investigate the situation.”
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