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UPDATE: Eastwood Firefighter Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

By: Mollie Lair, Shannon Houser Email
By: Mollie Lair, Shannon Houser Email

UPDATE: 2/20/2013 11:06 AM

Wednesday morning Shaun Wilson was sentenced to 1-10 years in prison on embezzlement charges.

He will be eligible for parole after a year.

Wilson is also ordered to pay restitution.

In December he pleaded guilty to embezzling $50,000 from the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The crimes took place between October of 2007 and last February.

In addition to being its acting treasurer, Wilson was a volunteer with the fire department for 10 years.
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Update 12/10/2012 6:20 P.M.

He was accused earlier this year of taking more than $50,000 from the Eastwood volunteer fire department.

Shaun Wilson pleaded Monday to an information charging him with embezzlement.

The crimes took place between October of 2007 and last February.

In addition to being its acting treasurer, Wilson was a volunteer with the fire department for ten years.

His sentencing is scheduled for February 20th.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2012 10:20 PM

33-year-old Shaun Wilson was a volunteer for about 10 years and acting treasurer for the past 5.

"We're all really shocked about it. It caught us all off guard. None of us had expected it especially as long as it had been going on. I know when I took over as chief a year ago it was something that I didn't see coming. So its basically just been a shock to everybody," says Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenneth Moore.

Wilson confessed to the crime through letters sent to Chief Moore.

"You know this is something that didn't just affect the 36 members that we have here in house. It affected everybody inside the community," says Chief Moore.

Chief Moore says the fire department will pull through this rough spot and come out even stronger. But many in the community are seeking justice.

"Somebody that volunteers and takes something that don't belong to them, I don't agree with that," says Joann Shock.

"I think they ought to lock him up to be honest with you. They have a hard enough time getting money to start with."

It's true. The fire department operates on around $90,000 a year.
And if you're wondering about salary or benefits?

"None really. I mean we don't get paid. We do have workers comp insurance in case we get hurt while we're on the job, but that's really it. I mean you know occasionally we get a thank you from the community, but we don't do it for that. We do it because we want to help," says Chief Moore.

Chief Moore says this investigation will not affect their response time or dedication to serving the community.

Since the investigation the fire department has frozen their accounts. If convicted there's a chance Wilson could face up to 10 years in jail for embezzlement along with other charges.

He could also have to pay back all $50,000 stolen.
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UPDATE: 2/28/2012 5:15 PM

Community members say they're shocked about the recent scandal, of an Eastwood Volunteer Fire Fighter embezzling 50 thousand dollars.

Some people that live in the area say they are outraged and disappointed because they trust their local fire fighters to save their lives.

Others say they refuse to donate any more money if members are going to steal it.

"My house is in that area, too and that kind of bothers me, but I wouldn't donate any more," Robert Wilson says.

Some also say maybe this wouldn't happen if volunteers got paid.

"i always feel so bad. These people don't make much anyway. You can't say it's okay, but hey don't get paid much, and as a volunteer," says Carol Evans.

"Well I don't think it's right. He shouldn't steal. It's his choice. If he don't want to be a fireman," Ed Evans says.

Chief Kenneth Moore says the Eastwood VFD won't be affected from the stolen funds. He assures normal response time and service.

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Shaun Wilson was arrested for allegedly embezzling more than $50,000 from the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The criminal complaint says the embezzling happened between October 2007 and February 2012.

He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Chief Kenneth Moore says the Eastwood VFD is working hard to get this situation resolved and make sure it doesn't happen again.

He also says this will not affect their service or response time.


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