Volunteer Fire Company In Nanticoke Forced Out Of Service Following Alleged Embezzlement
NANTICOKE - The Honey Pot Volunteer Fire Department is out of service as city police investigate a massive theft from its affiliated social club that led to its utilities being shut off.
Nanticoke police Chief Tom Wall confirmed his department is investigating the theft of tens of thousands of dollars from the Honey Pot Club social hall and a suspect has turned himself in.
The hall and fire department, which are affiliated but are two separate organizations, share the same building at 13 Honey Pot St.
Wall said the thief came to light when the utilities were shut off recently due to unpaid bills.
“That was one of the things that gave it away. He was supposed to be doing that,”
Wall said the suspect turned over a computer and told police how he had been skimming from the organizations finances for several years. Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.
The volunteer fire company on Wednesday said it was out of service for most calls due because power and water was shut off to its building.
“We feel the community should be well aware of the issue at hand and the fire company is not the one being investigated, as we have two organizations in the building,” the fire company wrote on Facebook.
The fire company said residents still would be in great hands because of the “amazing fire department here in the City of Nanticoke.”
The volunteer department in the city’s Honey Pot section is one of several that supplement Nanticoke full-time department.
When contacted, a representative of the fire department declined further comment.
Meanwhile, a post on the Honey Pot Club’s Facebook page says there will be an “emergency meeting” for members of the private club on Friday at the West Side Park clubhouse on West Grand Street.
“We will only be able issue a basic statement due to the active investigation and be open help/thoughts to try to get things moving forward,” the post said.