Moyock volunteer fire department looking for missing money

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 7:00 PM

MOYOCK -- The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into reports of missing money from the Moyock Volunteer Fire Department.

The money, reported missing in August, came out of an account containing private donations to the department, according to Richard LaBounty, president of the Moyock VFD.

In a prepared statement, LaBounty said that the account had not been audited in the past. An account with money the department receives from the Currituck County Board of Commissioners is required to be audited annually.  

"This situation did not affect the funds budgeted to MVFD by Currituck County government," LaBounty stressed.

On Friday, the Currituck County Sheriff's Office said an audit of the account had been completed and the case had been referred to the State Bureau of Investigation.  An SBI spokeswoman said, however, that the bureau is not currently investigating the case.

LaBounty's statement did not say how much money is missing, but Currituck County Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul O'Neal said the department is missing about $5,000.  

Both O'Neal and LaBounty said they hope this incident doesn't tarnish the department's reputation. 

"We acknowledge, and take responsibility for our lack of oversight," LaBounty's statement said. "We also assure citizens that measures are now in place to ensure full accountability for all financial accounts of MFVD and we hope you will continue to offer us your outstanding support."

A report from Currituck County Sheriff's Office shows the money was taken between October 1, 2012 and July 15, 2013.

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