Fire department’s ex-treasurer accused of embezzlement

An accounts payable audit discovered that the former treasurer for a Virginia fire department had been embezzling funds from the organization for an undisclosed amount of time. Further investigation into the illegal activity revealed that the accused individual also stole money from a benefit fund and a local resident’s estate.

According to WSET-TV, Tony Ware worked as the treasurer for the Big Island Fire Department in Virginia for several years, andserved on the Bedford County’s Board of Supervisors for more than two decades. After financial discrepancies were found within the department’s records, an AP audit was conducted which uncovered Ware’s theft. It was also revealed that Ware had stolen money by acting as the power of attorney for a local resident, and he took funds from a benefit account as well. He is currently facing more than 24 criminal chargesstemming from his embezzlement schemes, the source notes.

Ware managed to steal funds from the fire department by writing himself checks from the organization’s accounts, all in amounts which have notbeen disclosed pending further investigation, reports The News & Advance. He also conducted the same scheme when taking$11,500from a benefit fund.

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