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Oran fire chief accused of taking nearly $65K from district's account


The fire chief in Oran, Missouri is accused of taking money from the Oran Fire Protection District.

Steven Cummins, 43, is facing multiple charges for allegedly taking more than $25,000 from a checking account to buy personal items.

The checking account belonged to the fire district and Cummins is accused of taking the money without consent.

According to the probable cause statement, on Aug. 19 a detective with the Scott County Sheriff's Office was notified by Sheriff Rick Walter that the Oran Fire Protection District board of directors had contacted him about unauthorized purchases allegedly made by Fire Chief Cummins using the the protection district's bank accounts, primarily the checking account.

Court documents say a review of the account showed multiple "suspicious" charges using a Visa debit/credit card issued on the account, along with several checks which had been written by Cummins.

While being interviewed by detectives, Cummins allegedly admitted to using department funds to make personal purchases over a time span from January 2012 to the end of August 2015.

Detectives say Cummins reviewed the account statements from the bank and admitted to making $64,871 in unauthorized charges for personal expenses during that time frame.

Cummins allegedly said that be became chief in late 2010 or early 2011, but allegedly said he did not start making personal charges until 2012.

According to the probable cause statement, an investigation is ongoing into other charges to the fire protection district's account in 2010 and 2011.

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