The Georgia Mountain Fire Department board of directors discovered some discrepancies in one of its bank accounts. They have asked the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.

It did not involve any of the tax revenues the department gets, which are the tobacco tax and the fire district fee. Money appears to be missing out of the department’s private donations account.

Board chairman Richard C. Lawson said they are trying to be as transparent as possible with people who live in their district. They’re also trying to get to the bottom of the issue and they’re making changes in how their books are handled to prevent something similar from happening in the future.

The board issued this statement:

“The Georgia Mountain Volunteer Fire Department discovered financial discrepancies pertaining to its Private Donation account on Sept. 17, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“The discrepancies were reported by the Treasurer to the Chairman, Board of Directors, and an internal investigation was commenced. The Department contacted the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report.

“It was initially thought to be a clerical error; however, after contacting the Department’s bank and reviewing documentation the following day, additional discrepancies were identified.

“After thoroughly reviewing all of the Department’s 3 accounts, it has been determined that the discrepancies are limited to the Private Donation account and have not occurred in the Fire Fee/Tax or General Fund accounts. GMVFD is working with, and fully supporting, the Sheriff’s Office while it investigates the matter and identifies the source of the discrepancies.”

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