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KINGSTON — The former treasurer for the Franklin Hose Co. in Edwardsville surrendered Friday on charges he stole nearly $5,000 from the fire department.

Daniel Boyd West, 40, of West Main Street, Nanticoke, was charged by Edwardsville police with theft, a third-degree felony. West surrendered on the charge at the office of District Judge Paul Roberts, who released him on $7,500 unsecured bail.

West was accompanied at the arraignment by attorney Vincent Cappellini.

Members of the Franklin Hose Co. in October learned their checking account was overdrawn. An audit allegedly showed several checks were drafted to West.

West was the treasurer for the hose company and would issue payroll checks to members from 2009 until he was removed from office in October, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators reviewed cancelled checks, allegedly learning West wrote out and cashed checks totaling $4,983 beginning in January 2009.

West allegedly told investigators he wrote checks to himself that he cashed because he was being evicted from an apartment and needed money to pay rent, the complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 11.

West is the third firefighter official to be charged with stealing money from an area fire department in recent years.

Rice Township police earlier this month charged Donald Bly, 31, of Cherry Wood Drive, Nuangola, with stealing $4,395 from the Rice Township Fire Department last year. Bly was the treasurer at the time of the alleged thefts. A preliminary hearing for Bly is scheduled on April 10.

State police at Wyoming charged Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Paul Yuknavich, 49, in December 2011 with stealing nearly $12,000 from the fire department’s bank account and using the department’s Sam’s Club credit card for personal use. Yuknavich’s trial has been continued due to an appeal.

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