Columbia County
10:03 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Fire Company Funds Missing: 3 Firefighters Suspended

Three firefighters have been suspended after it was discovered funds were missing from a fire company in Columbia County... more from WAMC's Dave Lucas



Officials say three officers with the C.H. Evans Ladder Company No. 3 are under investigation after thousands of dollars went missing from the incorporated nonprofit organization. The exact amount of missing money has NOT been disclosed:

Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck, Fire Commissioner Tim Hutchings and Police Commissioner Gary Graziano issued a joint release announcing the apparent theft, which is now being investigated by the Hudson Police Department.

Hallenbeck  tells the Register-Star newspaper that no city funds were associated with the theft,however, pending the results of the investigation, the theft might have a significant impact on the city and its fire department.

No word as to whether higher-level officials will get involved:  an audit released Friday by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli revealed that the former treasurer of Woodstock Fire Company No. 3 in Ulster County embezzled more than $200,000 over a five year period.