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Former OK Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

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Former Hickory Grove, Oklahoma Fire Chief William Moore is charged with embezzlement.

According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, in December of 2017, Hickory Grove Fire Department Board members were told about "past due" accounts for unauthorized purchases owed for the Fire Department. After that, Moore was fired from his position as Fire Chief.

On December 22nd, Frankie Shepherd (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and his wife (Fire Department's Secretary/Treasurer) met with an investigator from the Sheriff's Office. They showed the investigator documents indicating Moore had allegedly embezzled funds from the Fire Department.

The documents included unauthorized purchases and statements for payments made by the Fire Department account to an unauthorized credit card (Sam's Club MasterCard). That card, in the name of William Moore, was used to buy personal items such as furniture, a flat screen TV, sporting equipment and clothing. The account was allegedly used between February 1st, 2017 and November 30th, 2017.

Investigators brought in the help of forensic accounting firm Workman Forensic out of Oklahoma City. The firm presented its report on April 19th, 2018. Authorities say it detailed explanations supporting the following findings and conclusions:

Total unpaid unauthorized invoices incurred during Moore's employment as Fire Chief: $134,163.64.

The spending was unapproved and outside Moore's purchasing limits, as defined by the fire department bylaws.

Secondly, a Sam's Club MasterCard held in William Moore's name, the payments were made from the Fire Department bank account between 02/01/2017 and 11/30/2017 in the amount of $42,100.

A total loss from the alleged embezzlement amounted to: $176,263.64.

The District Attorney's Office filed and issued a warrant for Moore's arrest. Moore surrendered himself on May 12th, 2018.  He posted a $20,000 bond.

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