Glenwood Landing Fire Company’s former treasurer was arrested Monday and charged with stealing $45,144 from a membership fund, along with unknown amounts of cash from a fire house arcade machine and safe, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.
Robert Brown, 50 of Farmingdale, embezzled the money from January 2011 to March 2015, according to a DA news release. He would write checks from the fire company’s “membership fund” to the event chairperson for expenses, and then not deposit unspent money after the event.
“This defendant is charged with skimming funds from parties, parades, and fundraisers that should have gone to support the lifesaving work of the Glenwood Fire Company,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a news release.
“Volunteer firefighters give their time and energy freely to keep our communities safe, which makes these allegations of theft more egregious,” she said.
Fire company trustees first discovered the theft when Brown didn’t deposit $856 left over from the 2014 annual children’s Christmas party, according to the news release.
He was arraigned Monday before District Court Judge Scott Siller on charges of grand larceny in the third degree, scheme to defraud in the first degree, and official misconduct.
Bail was set at $3,000 and Brown is due back in court on October 26.
He is being represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.
A man who answered the phone at a fire station Monday night said only: “There’ll be no statement given by the fire company.”