Fire Department Missing $100,000; Treasurer Now Charged

More than $100,000 is missing from a volunteer fire department in Eastern Carolina, and now lawmen believe they now know who took the money.

David Joyner, Jr., the treasurer of Coppers Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Nash County, has been charged with embezzlement and corporate malfeasance.

Deputies say the missing money came to light during the fire department's annual review by accountants. They say a number of written checks and invoices did not appear valid.

The 28-year-old Joyner, who lives in Elm City, was released of an unsecured bond.

Deputies say they are still trying to determine exactly how much money was taken from the fire department, but it is know it now exceeds $100,000.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    T, I expect that you are probably right about the decision. I also thank people like you all for doing a lot for the community and will say that Fire/EMS people should be paid much more than they do, considering what I have seen firsthand at the Williamston Fire Dept. You all put your life on the lines to protect us citizens, and I will go ahead and say thank you for the job that you all have done, and thank you to EMT Windsor as well.
  • by T Location: Beaufort NC on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Sam.. Chances are, we will never know the reason for his boneheaded decision. As for doing time, I agree with DS. Insurance companies want their money back, and it ain't gonna happen as long as he is incarcerated. Fire/EMS is the greatest job in the world. I enjoy going to work every shift day, and I am blessed to have this job.. I hope the citizens of this community will still support Coopers VFD, as they need it in this trying time.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    Apparently this man has got some greed and a lack of common sense in him. I do really wonder what was the reason for him stealing the money, knowing he would get caught and will probably do some time.
  • by DS Location: NC on Feb 1, 2009 at 02:25 AM
    EMT Windsor- Sadly, you are probably right.The thing is most insurance companies are far more interested in recouping their money. In their eyes, putting this kook behind bars will not get their money back. If he is locked up, no restitution can be made because he is in jail. It seems as though the Chief simply got complacement, and put his/her trust in someone they thought would not screw them over. Volunteer depts. simply are not scrutinized as career depts. are. I am a career firefighter/medic, and I want it to be known I have a tremendous amount of respect for volunteers, but with the technological advances in the fire service, most volly's cannot keep up with the amount of training that is required. This is no fault of their own, it's just most work full time jobs. I myself was once a volunteer, so I realize how it can be a struggle. We ALL do this job for the love of it.After 10 years, my salary is less than 36k/yearly, yet I could not think of anything else I would rather do.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    That's good Buzz because evolution is real. That is not to say that humans evolved from monkeys, but the physical and mental characteristics of humans have evolved over the centuries enabling our species to adapt to various respective environments. It is possible that throughout history, some species acquired similar features (convergent evolution) while others may have evolved from having similar features to acquiring vastly different features (divergent evolution). I don't think humans actually evolved from monkeys, but some people do strangely resemble them. For example, look at the Yakushima monkey. I think God just made humans, monkeys, and apes to look more similar to each other than to other creatures. Just like dogs look more similar to wolves (canines) and cats look more similar to tigers (felines). In actuality, all living things share a large portion of common DNA because of the materials which God chose to create us with. Oh well, that's my spill on evolution.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Jan 31, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Just for clarity, the name of the dept. is Coopers not Coppers.
  • by Blog Refluter Location: NC on Jan 31, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    There are no excuses...
  • by Jimmy on Jan 31, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    The man was just planning ahead for the bad economy.
  • by Buzz Location: Mbx on Jan 31, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    Stories like this "almost" make me believe in evolution, wow! How can someone think that they aren't gonna get caught taking money out of accounts that are gonna get audited. The thinking proccess was mighty short. Buzz-
  • by Yikes Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    All I can say is WOW! Just goes to show you how bad this economy really is getting. But in all, everyone is human. I think this is a travesty in itself. Usually these matters are handled privately. Guess the chief was a little upset "his" money was missing. Yikes!
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