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Former fire company treasurer charged with 52 felony counts

May 13, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former treasurer of Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. has been charged with 52 felony counts in a case involving fraudulent use of the fire department's credit card, the investigating trooper said Thursday.

Susan Roxanne Carter, 45, of Mountainside Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was released on bond following her arrest Wednesday, according to West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.M. Bush.

Bush said he acted on a complaint from Alicia Marcus, the fire department treasurer.

Most of the incidents occurred at the Walmart in Charles Town, Bush said. Carter was identified on the store's video cameras and from store receipts, he said.

Carter was charged with 23 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 14 counts of forgery, 14 counts of identity theft and one count of fraudulent scheme, police said.

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Bush said Carter was voted out as treasurer in November.

David B. Withers, fire department president, said in a press release Thursday that department officials became aware that the company was being charged for items that were being purchased not "for the benefit of the department or community, but rather for the personal benefit of single individual."

The press release did not name anyone in connection with the alleged incident.

"This is the first such problem that we have ever encountered," Withers said in the release.

"As a public entity BRMVFC apologizes to our community" for the alleged actions, the release said. "We believe in full disclosure to you, our community."

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