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Former Assistant Madison Fire Chief Arrested On Embezzlement Charge

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 5, 2013 11:44 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 9:51 PM EST

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Madison , Boone County , West Virginia

State Police said an assistant fire chief in Madison has been stealing thousands of dollars from the county's fire levy.

It's sad that a fireman would steal money from his own department and ultimately hurt the public."

Ex Madison volunteer fire chief and treasurer Larry Nunnery is now facing felony embezzlement charges.

“It's not a reflection on our department, or any department or firefighters. It's just one person who got caught," Madison Fire Chief Jim Nelson said.

Nunnery allegedly executed his scheme by racking up nearly $3,000 in items from Lowes, Walmart, Kroger and Sam’s Club on the fire department's credit card, and using his power as treasurer to then pay those bills for his new gas grill, lawnmower, and other personal items with the fire levy money allocated to the volunteer fire departments in Boone County.

Nunnery has been with the department for more than 20 years, but only served as treasurer for the last two. State Police said he started stealing the money in the last year.

The investigation launched after the chief noticed the questionable purchases, ending with Nunnery's alleged confession to the crime and his arrest early Thursday morning.




Eyewitness News has learned that a former assistant fire chief has been arrested on an embezzlement charge.

Larry Nunnery, 45, of Madison, the former assistant chief of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, faces the charge. Firefighters said Nunnery admitted to making inappropriate purchases with the station's credit card, purchases caught in an internal investigation by the fire department. The arrest came after a complaint that was made on Nov. 7, 2013 by the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, which said that about $2,596 was embezzled from the County Fire Levy Fund.

West Virginia State Police have been in charge of the investigation. No word on how much money allegedly had been involved in the case.

Fire Chief Jim Nelson said previously that he was disappointed about the allegations and that Nunnery has been an asset to the fire department for more than 20 years.

Nunnery was released on a $20,000 surety bond.



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