Officials Investigate Questionable Spending By Volunteer Fire Department

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

New developments after Bell County officials seized control of their volunteer fire department.

Officials are investigating what they call questionable spending practices in the fire department's books.

This is including money that was supposed to be given to a children's charity, but never actually made it.

You may have seen members of the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department collecting for the Crusade For Children.

It’s a charity that they do every June.

The judge executive says when they took control Tuesday night, they realized that money had never been turned in.

Containers full of thousands of dollars that Bell County volunteer firefighters collected for the Crusade for Children last June were sitting in an open vault and the county judge says it wasn't locked up.

The Bell County sheriff is now counting all the money that was found.

A spokeswoman for the fire department claims the money was locked up and they were planning on sending the money to the charity after they collected more this year.

The judge says it may have already affected Bell County children.

“We haven't been able to receive any grant money because we haven't donated any. The children have been cheated,” Judge Executive Albey Brock said.

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