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Blackmon's Crossroads fire chief arrested for financial improprieties

Posted November 16, 2017 2:50 p.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2017 3:20 p.m. EST

— The Blackmon's Crossroads fire chief was being held Thursday at the Johnston County jail after he was arrested and charged with five felonies stemming from financial improprieties at his department, authorities said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's office said in a written statement that Chief Kenan Kearney, of Four Oaks, was being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond after prosecutors charged him with five counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators said they launched a probe into Kearney after finding discrepancies involving invoices paid for with funds from the fire department. The sheriff's office said fraudulent invoices were submitted by Kearney for work that was never performed. Kearney received payments totaling over $14,000, the sheriff's office said.

Kearney could not immediately be reached for comment.