Volunteer fire association chief alleged to have taken fire association fuel for his personal use
Royal admitted to DiNapoli’s staff and the New York State Police that he gassed up at the VFA pump and used the VFA chief’s truck for his personal business as a process server. He was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. DiNapoli’s staff also found that Royal was suspended for a month after selling the VFA truck for $3,000 without informing his colleagues.
The Comptroller’s auditconcluded that the Pennellville VFA failed to account for cash disbursements, that the treasurer lacked cash receipts for 261 deposits totaling $134,882, and that board members could not say whether music event-fundraisers benefited the VFA due to the lack of treasurer reports for four such events.
DiNapoli made 16 recommendations to the VFA board and Treasurer, including:
1. Strengthen internal controls with specific guidance for cash receipts and disbursements;