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You may recall the arrests in September of three chiefs of a defunct volunteer fire department in Florida (one of the arrests is in the video above). Tampa Bay Times reporter Barbara Behrendt now has a look at what was going on at the Hernando Beach Volunteers Fire Department that brought the arrests. Here is an excerpt, but I encourage you to read the entire article.
Trading the county gasoline card for smokes and energy drinks, falsifying training documents, paying themselves salaries for volunteer jobs and boasting about setting a fire that torched prized artwork.
Those are some of the activities described to investigators that led to the September arrest of David Freda and two other former chiefs of the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department on organized fraud charges.
Recently released documents from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office investigation provide a peek inside what locals have long whispered about — inappropriate spending and a “frat house” atmosphere at the Hernando Beach fire station.