• Officials: Volunteer accused of stealing more than $20,000 from two fire stations

    By: Trish Williford


    A man who volunteered to keep his community safe is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from two Lincoln County fire stations.

    On Tuesday night, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating to decide if charges should be filed.

    On Tuesday night fire officials believe the culprit is one of their own.

    The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation after an audit revealed spending issues with both the Denver and east Lincoln Fire departments.

    Investigators said they found a veteran firefighter who worked for both departments who turned in fake invoices for things like school tuition and equipment purchased.

    Officials also said he made charges on the department's credit card.

    "This person that is suspected of doing this held a position, a high ranking position of authority that is authorized to have access to such funds that's what hurts about this whole thing," said Dion Burleson with Denver Fire Deptartment.

    The total loss to both departments is nearly $22,000.

    Lincoln County investigators will not reveal the firefighter's identity because so far he has not been charged.

    Eyewitness News learned on Tuesday that the employee spent five years working for Denver Fire and more than 10 years with East Lincoln.

    The firefighter is no longer employed with either departments.

    Fire officials want citizens to know their services will not be affected because of this alleged crime.

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