January 01 2022 12:00 am

Father and son charged in theft of fire department funds

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An ex-fire chief and his son are charged with theft.

In July of 2018, A representative of the Little River Academy Volunteer Fire Department made a report to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department of a theft of funds belonging to the Volunteer Fire Department involving former chief 47-year-old David Borders.

This was reportedly discovered after department members reviewed the financial records and observed numerous cash advances from the department’s checking account with no discernable purpose. It was also reported by department officials there was no legitimate reason for the number and amount of cash advances observed.

During the investigation, Bell County Sheriff’s Department Investigators obtained bank records for the Little River-Academy Fire Department’s debit card showing numerous cash withdrawals over the course of several years. It was determined these withdrawals ranged from $1,000 to over $4,000 a month.

Although hundreds of receipts were provided, there were no receipts recovered documenting the cash withdrawals, nor cash transactions related to departmental use.

ATM surveillance video revealed both David Borders and his son, 24-year-old William Borders, were responsible for numerous ATM withdrawals. The case was forwarded to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office in October 2018.

On December 4, 2018, the charge of theft (over $30,000, less than $150,000) was accepted against David Borders, and the charge of credit/debit card abuse was accepted against William Borders. Warrants were issued for their arrest by a Bell County Justice of the Peace on the same date.

At the time of this release, David Borders remains in custody at the Bell County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond. William Borders also remains in custody at the Bell County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Both of them voluntary resigned from the Little River Academy Volunteer Fire Department in July 2018, when confronted with allegations related to this case.

Source: Bell County Sheriff’s Department

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