"There was a lot of information that they refused to give us," said accountant Bill Chambers, who was asked by county officials to conduct the audit.
At a heated meeting with the Kanawha County Commission last summer, Johnson and other fire officials agreed to turn over the rest of the financial information county officials had asked for. But Fontalbert and Chambers said some of the information is still not in county hands. Chambers said the latest dispute was about whether fire officials would send the information to the county or whether county officials would have to come to the fire station to look it up.
Chambers said he is no longer involved in working on the audit, and the audit has been turned over to the county.
Hardy was out of town on Tuesday and unavailable for comment.
Last year, state officials cut off funding to the Chesapeake VFD for refusal to cooperate with a state audit. Kanawha County officials also cut off $20,000 in funding to the organization for failing to provide federal 990 tax forms, but restored the money once the forms were turned in.
Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said a criminal investigation of the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department is still underway, but he does not know when or if anything will come out of the investigation.
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