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A former Marshall County area volunteer fire chief is in custody after thousands of dollars were found to be missing.
About a month ago, officials with the Georgia Mountain Volunteer Fire Department discovered misappropriated funds in their office. After the department's own internal investigation, it asked the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.
The sheriff's office found more than $5,000 was missing. The department says based on these findings, former Volunteer Fire Chief Jason Edmonds was arrested on Tuesday and charged with theft of property first-degree and the illegal possession and use of a credit or debit card. His bond was set at $30,000.
According to the sheriff's office, Edmonds resigned from his position as volunteer fire chief. The department believes the accused criminal activity might have been going on for six months.