Three firefighters charged with stealing from city
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 3, 2005
Mount Vernon, Ia. — The city’s former fire chief and two former firefighters were charged with theft for allegedly stealing money from the fire department.
Paul Pata, 40, of Mount Vernon, and Jessica West, 24, also of Mount Vernon, each were charged with second-degree theft. Police said they each took more than $1,000 from the department.
Brian Norton, 37, of Bertram, was charged with third-degree theft for allegedly taking more than $500 from the department, records show.
A state audit found more than $6,000 in improper spending and uncollected funds at the fire department, records show.
Pata has reimbursed the department $3,500, state Auditor David Vaudt said.
The money was used for person items, such as food, gifts and flowers, he said.
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08-03-2005, 04:25 PM #1
Hands in PocketsJacktee
"Insert quotation here."
08-03-2005, 04:36 PM #2
and again, who is our worst enemy?
Yup, we are."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
08-03-2005, 06:06 PM #3
"We" have nothing to do with this. "They" are dirtball criminals.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
08-03-2005, 06:17 PM #4
The fire department is made up of our society, and that means that you get the good with the bad. We've had some of the same things - and in fact we were in the headlines not too long ago for some of our guys cutting down a bunch of protected trees so that they could fish! Hopefully the good that we do outwieghs the bad and people will be smart enough not to take the actions of those individuals as representative of the entire service."When you throw dirt, you lose ground."
08-04-2005, 09:10 AM #5
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