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Former Smithers fire chief, wife indicted in theft schemes

By Staff reports

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- The former chief of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department and his wife were indicted by a Fayette County grand jury this week.

On Wednesday, former Chief Timothy M. Whittington was indicted on one count of felony embezzlement. His wife, Patricia A. Whittington, was indicted on one count of felony fraudulent schemes.

The indictments followed a yearlong investigation by State Police into who used a government-issued credit card for personal use.

Whittington told other firefighters in the department during the summer of 2011 that he had accidentally paid one of his personal bills using Fire Department funds but had paid the money back. An audit later showed thousands of dollars missing from the department stemming from the credit card.

Whittington resigned from the Fire Department in January.

Smithers Town Council members cut ties with the department. The Kanawha County Commission withheld $10,000 in funding it gives the department annually. The department came under scrutiny when they failed to provide commissioners federal Form 990 tax documents necessary to receive the money.

 


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