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February 23, 2024

Allegations of theft from Vermilion Fire Department –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 26, 2019


We have confirmed allegations of theft from the Vermilion, IL. Fire Department, which is a part of the Paris Community Fire Protection District in Edgar County.

The case is currently under investigation by the Paris Police Department and should wrap-up in a few more days.

According to multiple credible sources, the following is alleged:

  • An individual working as a fireman in the Vermilion, Il. Fire Department used the Fire Department’s FS gas card to fill up his privately owned vehicle on multiple occasions
  • The Fire District Trustees noticed excessive fuel charges by the department and asked the Chief to make sure he had all the FS cards accounted for
  • One was missing, so he ordered a new card and had the old one canceled
  • Fuel usage was still high
  • Chief checked the cards again and another card was missing
  • The Trustees asked FS if they had video footage of the times when the card was used
  • Video footage (at least 50 video clips) was provided and the individual was identified in each one
  • At least $4000 was allegedly pilfered using these gas cards

***We will publish the individual’s name with more details, but will not publish it unless and until either: (a) charges are filed in the Circuit Court, (b) or we identify him through public records provided under the Freedom of Information Act.

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  • Michael Hoit
    Posted at 14:33h, 26 October

    No surprise, vermilion county officials are dirty corrupt and I’m sure the states attorney will cover the crime up just like they do cop their corrupt deputies. .

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 14:37h, 26 October

      This is in Edgar County, not Vermilion County.

  • Rory Steidl
    Posted at 16:27h, 27 October

    It ceases to amaze me how greedy and stupid people are. Innocent unless proven guilty, but if proven so, put the hammer on him / her.