The president of the Franklin County Rescue Squad was arrested after theft charges that he stole more than $ 13,000 in taxpayer money and used the funds himself.
John WM “Pete” Brackin Jr. First-degree theft of a charge, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Other charges may be forthcoming, the agency said.
Brackin is head of the Franklin County Rescue Squad, which receives private donations from tobacco tax money and funds along with the Franklin County Commission, the sheriff’s office said.
But the governing body was a sham; When sheriff’s office investigators asked Brackin to produce records of going out, he was unable to provide any.
“The rescue squad is not in good standing with the state or local authorities as a rescue squad,” the sheriff’s office said. “Any more taxpayer funds received from The Franklin County Rescue Squad has been removed.”
Investigators received a complaint about an ransom of an organization’s fund following a rescue squad, authorities said.
A review of bank records and receipts showed that Brackin was using the funds to pay for items, including meals at restaurants, prescription medications, men’s socks, pet food, a PlayStation 4 game, a back massager, his internet bill and cell phone Bills for himself and his wife, among other purchases, the sheriff’s office said.
In the last three years, $ 13,019.39 in taxpayer money vanished from the organization’s coffers, officials said.