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Former fire company president pleads guilty to stealing $34,000

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HUDSON, N.Y. - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced a fire company's former president in the city of Hudson has stolen $34,000.

The former president of C. H. Evans Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 3 has been charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree.  Joseph Morrison Jr., is accused of misusing the company's debit card to make personal purchases.

DiNapoli says Morrison purchased items such as an iPad, bunk beds, jewelry, an aquarium, power tools, and other personal transactions such as gas and food.  In addition, Morrison allegedly purchased $4,100 worth of pornography.

DiNapoli's auditors and investigators estimate Morrison may have stolen as much as $5,600 in fundraising donations. Morrison is accused of making more than 70 purchases and cash withdrawals totaling more than $7,500 that are questionable.

"Stealing public money in such a carefree manner is appalling," said DiNapoli. "Residents pay for this fire company to keep their families and their homes safe, not to fund this individual's excessive lifestyle."

Morrison pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Tuesday in Columbia County Court. He will be sentenced on March 4, 2014.

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