The ex-head of the Allen Volunteer Fire Department in Cabarrus County faces felony embezzlement charges for using department funds for personal use.
Jimmy Keith Morgan, the former chief of AVFD and a fire fighter with the Concord Fire Department, was arrested Friday, Aug. 26, on 10 counts of felony embezzlement against the department. According to court documents, Morgan used more than $3,000 worth of department funds to buy anything from camping gear to Carolina Panther lanyards—for himself.
The City of Concord placed Morgan on leave without pay Aug. 26 and terminated his employment Monday, Sept. 12. Randy Dozier took over as AVFD chief.
The investigation began Friday, Aug. 5, when the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about misappropriation of funds at the department, claiming Morgan had used the department credit card to buy personal items since 2014. According to court documents, items included books, a Lenovo touchscreen laptop, Pampered Chef can opener, hoses, a showerhead, a printer and a sleeping bag.
A $100 deposit on May 18 of this year was for a Hideout Camping Trailer now registered in Morgan’s name, according to court documents, and some of the items were for a 2008 Ford F-150. The fire department does not own a 2008 Ford F-150, but Morgan does, according to law enforcement. Morgan allegedly charged oil changes and maintenance for the Ford F-150 and another vehicle he owned to the department card, court documents said.
Also, according to court documents, a pay sheet from February indicated Morgan had been overpaid by $216; the complainant said that the chief personally approved and submitted time sheets, law enforcement said.
Morgan also allegedly collected $1,799 in cash rewards from the department credit card in four separate installments and had them deposited into his personal account.
The former chief was formally indicted on 10 counts of felony embezzlement of a total of $3,230 between July 10, 2014, and May 18, 2016. Seven of those incidences occurred in 2016. The indictment came through Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Morgan was released from Cabarrus County jail on a $3,000 secured bond. He waived his right to an attorney and will next appear in court Monday, Dec. 12.