A deputy county fire marshal has been arrested on dozens of charges of embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses, after he allegedly used his position as treasurer for the Brunswick Fire Department to obtain thousands of dollars.
David Heath Porter, 31, was arrested Monday at 12:39 p.m. on a total of 64 counts of embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to warrants and arrest reports. His bond was set at $235,000.
Warrants show that Chief Greg Spivey contacted the sheriff’s office after noticing discrepancies in the department’s finances. Beginning around Feb. 7, Porter allegedly wrote checks to himself, sometimes several times a day, ranging from $675 to $2,850. The checks were written and cashed as late as Aug. 2, according to warrants. Nearly $50,000 was reported missing.
Porter listed his address as 11225 Lebanon Church Rd., Whiteville. He was an assistant chief at Brunswick Volunteer Fire Department.
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