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Fire department treasurer charged with embezzlement

Posted January 30, 2009

— The treasurer of a Nash County volunteer fire department was charged Thursday with stealing more than $100,000 from the department, authorities said.

David Lowell Joyner Jr., 28, of Elm City, was charged with embezzlement and corporate malfeasance.

An annual review of the accounts of Coopers Volunteer Fire and Rescue found numerous questionable checks and invoices, authorities said. The fire chief called the Nash County Sheriff's Office to investigate the case.

Authorities said they haven't determined how much money was taken from the department, but they know it was at least $100,000.


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  • chief70 Feb 2, 2009

    The fire department is a Nash County Volunteer Fire Department with a Elm City Address.This person is not a member of the Toisnot Rural Fire Department in Elm City,NC.
    Lin Jones
    Toisnot Rural Fire Department

  • GoGreen Jan 30, 2009

    "sooo important to have more than one person holding the purse strings-so sad"

    I am the treasurer for our PTA. Not tens of thousands but certainly thousands. You would be amazed to know how little interest the other officers have in finances.

    I have heard the way this happens (not saying David is guilty) is that the responsible party just borrows a bit in a tough time. Very much intent on paying back but of course it gets out of hand and well, they end up in trouble.

  • asb0521 Jan 30, 2009

    It's amazing how fast people jump to blame someone. David did not do this. Right now he needs people on his side and to stand behind him. Don't always assume that YOU know everything. David you still have support!

  • gammasandi Jan 30, 2009

    sooo important to have more than one person holding the purse strings-so sad

  • awomnsptofview Jan 30, 2009

    This is my fire separtment and this makes me SICK! David, who do you think you are? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Slip Kid Jan 30, 2009

    With the slide in morals, poor public education and the breakdown of the nuclear famlily, acts like this will become more common going forward. After all, "it's only a crime if I get caught" is what we're teaching our kids these days. Sad.

  • RonnieR Jan 30, 2009

    Sad, I guess they'll have to triple up on the fund raisers this year.