Carthage police probe rescue squad theft

Carthage police probe rescue squad theft

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Carthage village police are investigating the apparent embezzlement of $100,000 from the Carthage Area Rescue Squad, police chief Reginald Huber Jr. confirmed Tuesday.

Huber told 7 News the apparent theft was reported to him by rescue squad personnel on May 22.

While $100,000 is believed missing, “we still don’t have a definitive number,” Huber said. He also said it was unclear whether the theft was the work of one or more than one person “within the department.”

“We’re waiting for subpoenas to come back,” the chief said.

The Watertown Times first reported the missing money and said the squad’s board of directors suspended the leadership of the squad until the investigation is complete.

Acting rescue squad chief Amanda Henry did not respond to messages left for her by 7 News Monday at her home and at the rescue squad.

According to tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Carthage Area Rescue Squad earned $1,374,916 in 2017 - the last year for which information is available - and had expenses of $1,206,858. The officers were Michele Burr, president; Kathy Barboza, vice-president; Mathew Christman, treasurer; Lesley Jones, secretary; Amanda Henry, Chris Ogden and Kenneth Phillips Sr., board members.

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