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.

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.


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.

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.

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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  • by anonymous2 Location: westvirginia on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    What a mockery everyone sleeping with everyone and money stolen, it has been observed that food and household allowance funds have been used in places other than the fire dept too favors for others to save on there grocery bills. This whole dept needs revamped.I also think for the ones that have facebook they should not be able to post pictures of wrecks and information that should not be pulic think how some family member's feel when there loved ones have died in those wrecks or seriously injured and you are posting the pictures as a means of attention and gossip for yourself.
  • by Pete Location: West Virginia on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    For Pete’s sake. One man steals from that organization and people start declaring they will not support or donate to the VFD again? Hope no member of their family ever does anything stupid. By this reasoning the whole family would be condemned. Mr. Wilson committed the crime. Not the whole fire department. The FD needs to do some reorganizing and make changes to prevent this from happening again. Regular audits are normal elsewhere; they would have prevented this here. The sourpusses need to quit throwing rocks. Unless the community does not want a VFD, then give them a chance to get straightened out and support them in their efforts. Or you can keep acting like hateful people and condemn the whole organization. Or better yet, you could volunteer yourself and help keep things straight. You do not have to be a firefighter to be useful. You won’t see that happening. It’s always better to let others do the work and sit back and criticize isn’t it. As long as the FD makes changes and works to get on solid ground they have my support and donations.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    From Mr. Wilson's Facebook page: "I hate to even put this as my status....but...5000 dollars is alot of money....lawyers are very expensive....anyone know where there is a money tree that is ripe for the picking...and by friday? Any family members willing to donate would be greatly appreciated...we will call it the wilson screwed up major charity"
  • by someone who cares Location: pksbg wv on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    Well jeff you are quite the little town reporter.Did you make it your misson to go around and interview all the gambling joints in your neigbborhood?? Hearsay is all you got..people will say anything for attention..check with the news station they might be able to use a top reporter like yourself.
  • by Jeff on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM
    Mary I think you are right, He didnt think about it when he was sticking those $20.00 bills in the machines. I know people that work where he went and they said he was braging about going to Wheeling and he spent $5000.00 on $500.00 dollar hands black jack so if he was sorry it wasnt untill after that. They also said he had hitt alot of jackpots around here, So why didnt he even put some of the money back even if it wasnt close to the $50000.00 at least that would of showed he had a little remorse for what he had done. I cant believe the thing I was told about him playing the machines. The people that work there said he was playing $40.00 spends of the travling keno. I really dont think he had remorse until he figured out he had it so bad with the gambling and he probably realized he couldnt get no more money from the fire department or his family to feed his habit! This is really a sad sad situation. And for the Shawn the wrote that he know several people that has took money from places like this, Then I say you are keeping the wrong friends around you. You must be related to the Shaun that done this.
  • by Mary on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    I dont no how Im missing the picture Shawn? I do think he is ill. But there is so many other people out there and they get diability and then they go spend it on drugs, alcohol and gambling and yes they drive a better truck then me. My opinion is the state SHOULDNT give checks for these illnesses. If you know people that has stolen $50000. from every EMS agency then it seems that you must know alot of ill people. The BIG PICTURE is that Shaun stoled around $50000. and went and gambled it and if he thought that he was wrong then why did he keep doing it? I think after he realized that he wasnt going to get it back then he open his eyes . I bet he didnt feel sorry when he was setting there putting those $20.00 in the machines! I do realize that people are stealing are tax dollars every day and they are no better then this guy. Make them serve there time and pay it back.
  • by Shawn Location: Parkersburg on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Well Mary guess this directed at you since you seem to be missing the big picture. He is very ill and i do not condone the gambling machines. But honesltly the people of WV are stolen from on a nightly basis paying his salary by abuseing the 911 system by calling for ambulances for stubbed toes or just feel funny inside. A block from the closest ED. I know people who have stolen 50000.00 from every EMS agency in this region but no, its ok because at 22 yo there disabled because of migraines but drive 45000.00 BMWs so i guess what im saying is that if you dont understand that there are people stealing our tax dollars everyday and nobody says a word. Not to mention that misuse of the system puts an ambulance, VFD, and law enforcement unavailbale to deal with true emergencies.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Shawn
      Obviosly you are part of Wilson United--Face the facts man your buddy is a thief! He stole from the donating public and yes the money was donated to the VFD but as a contributor myself I doubt I would have signed the check if the pay to line was---#0 year old man with no pride concious or self control. Nuf Said!
  • by Mary Location: Parkersburg on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM
    I dont think this is a mistake. A mistake you dont keep going back and doing over and over. Shaun had a gambling promblem and he was addicted to it. I'm not sticking up for him because I think he is wrong and need to pay back and serve time for this!! But I think Parkersburg should wake up and see what these Gambling places our doing to people and how many familys they are hurting. How many people let there bills go or there kids go without grocery's and etc. If you ever go by these place do you ever see how busy they are on the 1 and 3 of the month? Alot of people that get disablity and social security spend there whole checks in these places. These people think that if they could just get that one big hitt then they will have it made! This is a promblem all around. Did we really need this tax money from these machines? I havent seen very many improvments for the schools at all! I still see Elderly people not being able to make it, needing eye galasses , hearing aides and etc.
  • by Shawn Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    Alright you judgemental people how many of you can look to your left and right and can say that your loved one is here becaused he awnsered the call came to your home when things were at its worst. Im a Paramedic and proud to call this man my friend. An addiction is an addiction. This man proudly served his community voluntarily and profesionally. What he did isnt right but how can you condemn this man. How about a little empathy people. You call 911 and use us as a taxi "cause you heard we get ya in faster" true quote. If this was your brother or son would you defend and help him and look down your nose at him. There isnt a paramedic or emt in any county that hasnt saved or pulled your family member from the worst moment in time they have ever had. Or sit on the bumper of an ambulance and cry because of the one we couldnt save as we watch a grieving family. Just saying a little compassion goes a long way. Its what we give you when you need it so try giving us some.
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      by Jeremy on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to Shawn
      Well said, Shawn.
  • by truth be told Location: x friend on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    Has anyone brought up his past gambling issues? He's stole from his family, wy not the vfd.
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