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Former Salisbury Fire Dpt. Treasurer Indicted For Theft Of Funds

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Grand Jury for Wicomico County has reportedly handed down an Indictment in a case involving a former Salisbury Fire Department treasurer.

According to reports, the Grand Jury has charged Kenneth Gaskins with several counts, including theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000, theft scheme less than $1,000, and four counts of theft less than $100.

The charges against Gaskins reportedly involve allegations of the misappropriation of funds for his benefit during 2011 and 2012 when he served as treasurer of the Salisbury Fire Department. According to Chief Richard Hoppes, of the Salisbury Fire Department, the department and city has nothing to do with the events. The volunteer corporation is reportedly an independent, not for profit entity that operates completely independent of the city.

A spokesman for the Salisbury Fire Department Inc., the volunteer corporation, says this is the first time in their 142 year history that a past board member has been indicted for theft of funds. Officials say when they made the discovery, they gathered their records and turned them over to the Salisbury Police Department and cooperated with their investigation, and have continued to stay in contact with them and the State's Attorneys throughout the process.

Salisbury Fire Department Inc. says the board quickly went about amending their procedures to prevent a future occurrence, and they are assuring the community that donations are being protected and handled wisely.

Gaskins will reportedly appear before the Circuit Court for Wicomico County for an arraignment at a date to be determined by the court.

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