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Deputy chief charged with stealing from Warsaw Fire Department

Posted September 13, 2012

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— The deputy fire chief in the Duplin County town of Warsaw was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $300,000 from the fire department.

Joseph Allan Burgette, 42, was charged with eight counts of embezzlement. He was released after posting a $40,000 bond.

Police said Burgette, who also served as treasurer of the volunteer Warsaw Fire Department, had been misappropriating money since 2005. Fellow firefighters notified the fire chief of their concerns, and the case was turned over to Warsaw police to investigate.

Burgette is no longer with the fire department.


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  • Coolbreeze Sep 13, 2012

    Another slap in the face of public servants............Who does background checks on these individuals??? If any???

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  • dollibug Sep 13, 2012

    REALLY????????????????? Someone was able to steal this much money without someone finding out about it until now? Surely to goodness this was done over several year....There should NEVER be just ONE person in charge of money anywhere....most banks even have duel control....

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 13, 2012

    with stealing more than $300,000 from the fire department

    He knew better and 10 years in prison should teach him a valuable lesson. If he has any means left, he should have to pay it all back.