Ex-firefighter accused of taking fund money

Keith McKinney
Keith McKinney

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A former Camp Taylor firefighter is accused of taking money from his firefighters' club for personal benefit. John B. Brown is charged with theft by deception to the tune of $1,425.46.

Court records indicate Brown denied having an unauthorized debit card for the Camp Taylor Firefighters Club fund. The paperwork also says there are images from a Fifth Third Bank ATM which show Brown making a cash withdrawal.

Court documents say Brown admitted he owed the fund more than $1,400, but Keith McKinney, Brown's attorney, says it was nothing more than a mix up. McKinney says his client managed several accounts for different organizations at the time, including Knights of Columbus and the Camp Taylor Firefighters Club.

McKinney showed us a document with copies of four Fifth Third Bank cards, which are practically identical. He says his client was paying for events for the Knights of Columbus and accidentally used the Firefighters Club card to pay for it.

According to Captain John Bersot, Brown, the club's chairman paid $400 back, resigned and told them he was going to repay the rest of it. Bersot says they haven't seen the rest of the money, but McKinney showed us a copy of the money orders for the money Brown owes. He says that, for some reason, the club didn't accept the money orders.

"It doesn't really make sense that they would take some money from him and then the rest of it didn't come quick enough," McKinney said. "I don't have an explanation for why that happened. It's unfortunate because I think this could have all been resolved easily."

Bersot says the money deposited into the Firefighters Club card is not taxpayer money, but money that comes from their snack and vending machines.

Brown was released from jail on his own recognizance. He has a pretrial conference November 10.

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