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UPDATE: Former Firefighter Sentenced for Theft from Union

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/16/13 @ 2:35 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former Portsmouth Fire Department firefighter was sentenced Friday for stealing nearly $30,000 from a firefighting union.

The Scioto County Prosecutor's Office says Eric C. Wallace was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years community control and must pay $300 in court costs. If Wallace violates his community control, he will have to spend three and a half years in prison.

Wallace was the treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 512 in 2006 when money began disappearing from accounts.

He pleaded guilty last month to one count of theft and two counts of forgery.

Some of the money stolen from the union was from MDA donations collected from boot drives.

Prosecutor Mark Kuhn says Wallace had started paying back the money before it was discovered missing. Last month, Wallace handed over a check to the Local Union for more than $15,000.



UPDATE 7/3/13 @ 8:40 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former Portsmouth Fire Department firefighter pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing nearly $30,000 from a firefighting union.

Eric C. Wallace was the treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 512 in 2006 when money began disappearing from accounts.

He pleaded guilty to one count of theft and two counts of forgery.

Some of the money stolen from the union was from MDA donations collected from boot drives, and the fear now is that people will stop trusting the fire department because of the actions of one person.

"My fear is that people will be afraid to donate to us anymore," said Tony Hamilton, the current president of Local 512. "I mean, the money is for muscular dystrophy. We just hope that people don't look at this and say we can't donate anymore, we can't trust you".

Prosecution has proposed 60 days in jail for Wallace, in addition to having to pay back the money.

Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn says he is pleased with the outcome.

"We wanted him to go to jail for what he had done," Kuhn said. "We wanted him convicted of felonies and, three, we want to see restitution for the firefighter's union".

Kuhn says Wallace had started paying back the money before it was discovered missing. On Wednesday, Wallace handed over a check to the Local Union for more than $15,000.

Sentencing for Wallace is set at 9 a.m. Aug. 16.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/23/13
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former firefighter is charged with stealing money from a local firefighter's union.

A Bill of Information was filed this week against Eric C. Wallace.

Wallace is charged with one count of theft and two counts of forgery.

Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn tells WSAZ.com that from 2006 to 2012, Wallace is accused of stealing $30,000 from the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 512.

Kuhn says that Wallace was the treasurer of the union during that time.

Kuhn tells WSAZ.com that Wallace had paid back $17,000 to the union before the theft was discovered in the fall of 2012.

According to the Portsmouth Daily Times, Wallace was placed on administrative leave in December 2012. The paper also reports that Wallace was suspended without pay in February 2013.

Wallace is scheduled to be arraigned next month on the charges.

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