Former Florida Firefighter Must Repay Stolen Union Dues

LAKE COUNTY, FL &#8211 A former Lake County firefighter (FL) was recently ordered by a judge to repay $45,000 for fraudulent spending of firefighter union dues, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Kevin Chamberlain, a 44-year-old Ocala resident, was also sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading no contest to a felony charge of organized fraud.

Chamberlain had been treasurer for the local International Association of Fire Fighters from 1999 to 2011 and an investigation found he used union accounts on thousands of dollars of personal purchases, a county report said.

He had worked for the fire department for 22 years and retired as of April 2012, around the same time he was arrested for the fraud.

However, fire administration officials said he had not been working since August 2011 because of an injury. He last worked as a firefighter in a station west of Lady Lake, officials said.

A year-long investigation had found debit and credit cards had been used for numerous purchases on eBay, Carnival Cruise Lines, Old Time Pottery, Walmart and Sam’s Club.

An audit found a total of $30,000 in financial discrepancies and unauthorized transactions, which included $878 spent on a credit card and more than $16,000 spent on a debit card, according to a report.

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