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Bakerton fire chief charged with financial wrongdoing

April 03, 2012

BAKERTON, W.Va. — James Fonz Johnson, chief of the Bakerton Volunteer Fire Co., was charged earlier this week on a single count of felony false pretense, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.Johnson, 25, of 99 Driftwood Drive, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged Monday and arraigned before Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney Tuesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.According to court records, on Jan. 30, Johnson used a fire department credit card to buy food that was not delivered to the department. He wrote a check on the fire department checking account to pay the credit card, court records said.Some of the amount charged was for personal use for a private vehicle, court records said.A date for a preliminary hearing has not been scheduled, according to court records.Bakerton Volunteer Fire Co. officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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