Firefighter charged with charging gas to department


Matthew Dean James


Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Authorities have arrested a local volunteer firefighter for using funds inappropriately.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Matthew Dean James, a volunteer firefighter with the Castalia Fire Department, on Friday with 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. On Aug. 29, deputies said the Castalia Fire Department reported inaccuracies in its fuel transactions, and fire department President A.C. Daniels asked the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the matter.

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office determined there were 10 dates when fuel was charged to the fire department in transactions that totaled more than $325 but were not used for authorized fire department vehicles. The transactions were recorded over a month and half. 

Deputies said the investigation led detectives to question James, who confessed to putting fuel in his personally owned vehicle and charging it to the Castalia Volunteer Fire Department. James was jailed under a $10,000 unsecured bond in the Nash County Detention Center. 

James is scheduled to make his first appearance in court today in the N.C. District Court in Nashville.