SBI investigating missing money allegations at Ayden Rescue and EMS

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The Ayden Rescue and EMS is under investigation after allegations of missing money, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. 

Ayden Rescue and EMS Chief Joe Butler said $125,000 was taken from the department by the treasurer from 2014 to December 2017. The treasurer’s name is not being released, and the position was unpaid. 

Butler said the individual worked with the department as an EMT until 2014, but when he didn’t get recertified, they made him a treasurer.

The chief said each year financial documents are submitted to Pitt County for audit, but this past year, the former treasurer gave the chief documents with every transaction from the year on it.

That’s when the Butler said he realized the treasurer was paying himself hourly wages and holiday pay without approval. 

Butler said he brought the issue to the Ayden Board of Directors, as well as the Ayden Police Department.

After three months, Ayden police took the issue to the SBI.

“From that point on, everything is being done through the CPA firm in Greenville and everything requires dual signatures,” he said. “And it has in no way hurt Ayden. We are very financially stable, and we are not going to be closing the doors or anything.” 

Butler said this person has no affiliation with the department anymore.

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SBI Public Information Officer Patty McQuillan confirmed the information.

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