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SBI investigating missing Garner fire department money

Posted January 22, 2010

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— Garner police on Friday asked the State Bureau of Investigation to take over a probe of money missing from the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

Department officials informed town leaders last week of the missing money, which was uncovered during an outside audit of the department's books from July 2008 to June 2009.

The amount was initially believed to be about $10,000, but officials said Friday it was more than $300,000.

Officials said the employee alleged to be involved in the money's disappearance – identified as Amy Moore – has resigned.

An independent accounting firm has assumed control of the department's bookkeeping and check-writing functions as a more complete audit is done, officials said.

Although the department is overseen by a private board, Garner and Wake County provide it with more than $3 million a year.

Garner officials said the department's service haven't been affected by the loss of money or the investigation.

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  • ncmedic201 Jan 22, 2010

    FYI, Mecklenburg County and Fairfax County, VA are not one fire department. Prince Georges is a smaller, urban and suburban county and can't be compared to the larger counties that are more rural and suburban.

  • ncmedic201 Jan 22, 2010

    Suasponte, do you work in emergency services?

  • Suasponte Jan 22, 2010

    doghousebrewery
    You made a better argument than I for one agency. Wake County has "20+ agencies working honestly in this county". That's 20+ budgets, 20+ chiefs, 20+ SOP's and I hope, 20+ audits. Duplication, duplication...... Wake County already has the management infrastructure in place with the fire marshal's and EMS divisions.

  • ncmedic201 Jan 22, 2010

    It doesn't matter if it is government or private, organizations can still be embezzled from. Wake County schools is an example of that. Volunteer departments are very important to the counties. If it's working then why change it? Wake County doesn't do it any different than most counties in the state. They may not be one department but their money still comes from the county budget so I don't know why some of you would think that there is duplication etc within the system. There are mutual aid agreements within fire and EMS so it's not like the citizens are negatively affected.

  • OnDaRoof Jan 22, 2010

    The entire county should be ONE FIRE DEPARTMENT. ONE CHAIN OF COMMAND. Look at Fairfax County, VA. Look at Prince George's County, MD. This is what Wake County should convert to. You can distribute your resources countywide, versus so many departments duplicating services (rescue trucks, ladder trucks). You have your few municipalities like Raleigh, Cary, Apex and a few others. Let them stay as is, but all of these others (Falls, Durham Highway, Western Wake, Bayleaf, New Hope) can be consolidated to ONE county department. Heck, they even have the county numbering system in place from the old days!! Too many people wanting to play in their own sandboxes. Time for Wake County to get with 2010 and get out of 1985!!!

  • Mad Baumer Jan 22, 2010

    If the Fire Departments service was not affected by losing $300,000 than maybe we should trim a few other budgets that are fed by our tax dollars. No disrespect to any public servant; they aren't the problem: the bookkeepers are....

  • farm Jan 22, 2010

    "Actually charlesboyer, most "volunteer" agencies have a full time staff earning a good salary with good benefits."
    Few vol. departments may have a full time staff. Not most. Some have 1 or 2 part time day staff. Not all volunteer fire departments have what Garner has.

  • doghousebrewery Jan 22, 2010

    your tax dollars are already distributed on "need" basis by the county...all the tax dollars go in one pool, a budget is submitted by each department, county officials decide how much each dept gets based on numerous factors including requests made in the budget. When donations are mad or money is raised from things such as BBQ's, that money is deducted from what would be recieved from county tax dollars. The only to avoid this is to donate a specific item or tool, not cash. Just so everyone knows how there fire tax dollars work on a basic level. Dont let one bad apple taint your opinon of the other 20+ agencies working honestly in this county.

  • wayneboyd Jan 22, 2010

    I wish I had enough money to play with where someone could skim $300.000 off the top and I wouldn't miss it until my CPA did my taxes.

  • RTPMedic Jan 22, 2010

    "I'm tired of the wasted tax dollars."

    If the 'County' were to take it over and provide it as one service, as you suggest, it would take considerably more money than what is currently being spent using volunteer departments.

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