A Register volunteer firefighter was arrested Monday on charges that he stole "several thousand dollars" from a checking account that held funds raised by the volunteer fire department.
Brant Edgar Bunch, 42, Ga. 46, Register, is charged with felony theft by taking, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Capt. Todd Hutchens.
Bunch admitted taking the money, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
When Register firefighters notified Bulloch County Fire Chief Randy Walker about suspicions that Bunch took the money, Walker and the complainants went to Hutchens to file a report, Wynn said. Walker was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
"This is an ongoing investigation with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department," Wynn said. "The funds were in an account controlled by designated members of the Register Volunteer Fire Department."
For transactions $500 or less, only one signature was necessary, he said. For transactions over $500, two people were required to sign.
Hutchens said the thousands of dollars Bunch is accused of stealing were taken during multiple transactions.
Wynn said he and Walker "immediately removed" Bunch from fire department employment. He said the money was not county funds from tax payers, but money raised through Boston butt sales and other efforts.
That practice will end, he said. "The county pays the bills and provides for the fire department" and private fund raisers in the name of the volunteer fire departments will no longer be permitted, as tor avoid such incidents, he said. "We won't allow this to happen again."
Bunch declined comment Wednesday but said he may speak about the incident in the future. After his arrest, he was taken to the Bulloch County Jail where he later posted bond.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.