Ex-Fire Chief Arrested

Wife Behind Bars as Well

Seth Stokes
July 24, 2018 - 11:36 am
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — The former chief of a South Carolina fire department and his wife have been arrested on charges they embezzled thousands of dollars from the department.

It has been reported that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division identified them as 51-year-old Joseph Kirk Reynolds, the former longtime chief of the Asbury-Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department in Cherokee County; and 52-year-old Gina Reynolds, who served as the department's treasurer.

Both face multiple charges, including embezzlement of public funds. It was unclear if either had an attorney who could comment for them.

Asbury-Rehoboth in southern Cherokee County doesn't have a tax district. It is dependent on yearly contributions from Cherokee County and local fundraising.

The arrest paperwork does not say what types of alleged personal purchases were made with the funds.

SLED Agent James Owens, who signed the charging documents, alleged in the warrants against Joseph Kirk Reynolds that the embezzlement and breach of trust occurred between July 1, 2007 and August 11, 2017.

The Asbury-Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department was temporarily shut down and completely reorganized last October, with a new board of directors taking over and a temporary chief put in place following reports the department, which was down on manpower in the wake of several resignations, wasn't running emergency calls. Other neighboring departments had to cover the district until the reorganized fire department got back on its feet.

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