Firefighter charged with forgery, theft
A Harrison County firefighter and EMT was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) on multiple felony counts of forgery and theft.
Roscoe E. Meek, 49, Corydon, was charged with 10 counts each of Class C felony forgery and Class D felony theft stemming from his alleged misuse of a credit card issued to the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department.
Meek was arrested without incident after a traffic stop yesterday at about 1 p.m.
According to Harrison County Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye, RVFD officials contacted police after they discovered misuse of the card. Dene Ashcraft of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department conducted a three-week investigation into the alleged acts and found the credit card was used in excess of 100 times ‘ about $3,900 worth of fuel for Meek’s personal vehicle ‘ between approximately 2009 and September of this year.
Meek, who is an advanced EMT, works part time for Harrison County Emergency Medical Services at Harrison County Hospital and was assistant chief on the RVFD, which he has belonged to for 15 years.
RVFD Chief Ned Wiseman said Meek has been terminated from his position, effective immediately.
Wiseman said after several months of high fuel usage, it was brought to his attention that firefighters were driving to Corydon to get fuel, which raised a red flag for him.
‘I spoke to members I thought were getting the fuel and they denied it, so I went down to the gas station and checked it out myself,’ Wiseman said.
The fuel was purchased on a charge account at the Cowboy’s station at the intersection of Quarry Road and S.R. 135, Wiseman said. Some of the fuel was allegedly signed for by Meek, who also allegedly forged the signatures of fellow RVFD firefighters.
Seelye commended the fire department for bringing the matter to police.
‘The Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department brought this to the light of day and cooperated completely with the investigation,’ Seelye said.
Wiseman started with the fire department not long before Meek joined, and said Meek’s alleged actions are ‘very disappointing.’
‘It’s one of these things you lose sleep over and you can’t believe it’s happening, but also it’s something that needed to be done,’ Wiseman said. ‘This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, and I won’t tolerate it, not just for fire department, but for the community. It’s not acceptable.’
Harrison County EMS Director Gary Kleeman could not be reached yesterday for comment.
Meek, a former Harrison County corrections officer who resigned from his position in November 2009 after allegations of sexual harassment, posted a $2,500 cash bond and was released yesterday afternoon.