DOJ to review rescue squad’s misappropriated funds case


DOVER — The Delaware Department of Justice is determining whether findings that almost $120,000 was supposedly misappropriated by a Sussex County first responder company involves potentially criminal behavior.

Auditor of Accounts R. Thomas Wagner released a 12-page report Wednesday detailing alleged misuse of money conducted by the Mid Sussex Rescue Squad Inc., much of it by a former treasurer, among other issues.

On Thursday, DOJ spokesman Carl Kanefsky said, “The Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust has received the report from the State Auditor and will review it.

“If a criminal investigation is warranted, the office will not discuss or disclose details of the investigation.”

The state auditor listed issues from 2011 to 2016, including:

•The former Treasurer or the Squad initiated a total of $112,645 unauthorized cash withdrawal transactions from the Squad’s bank accounts.

•One check in the amount of $5,000 was payable to and authorized by the former Treasurer.

•Debit card transactions, totaling $1,833, were applied to the personal utility accounts of the Squad’s President and former Treasurer who were married at the time.

•One unauthorized payment of $399 was applied to a personal auto loan account in the President’s name.

The former treasurer repaid $109,630 to the Millsboro-based squad before the auditor’s investigation began, Mr. Wagner said.

No individual names were disclosed in the report.

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