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June 29, 2011

Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad — Embezzlement probe underway

BLUEFIELD, Va. — An officer with the Virginia State Police confirmed Tuesday that its members are conducting an investigation involving the Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad.

“The crime reported to us was embezzlement and that has yet to be determined,” said 1st Sgt. Joe Daniels. “My office just got it yesterday (Monday). It was initially reported a few days prior to the local state police detachment in Claypool Hill, and then that was turned over to the State Police Bureau of Investigation.”

Larry McClintock is now the rescue squad’s acting administrator.

“I’m on the board of directors,” McClintock said Tuesday. “The board of directors discovered a problem. We investigated, and after our investigation Tommy Carroll, the administrator, was laid off on administrative leave without pay until the investigation could be completed. That investigation has been turned over to the state police, and at this time that’s all we can say.”

McClintock said the problem discovered by the board was financial; however, the squad is still serving the public. He did not know how much money was involved.

“Until the investigation is complete, we have no way of telling that; but the squad is running calls, we have money in the  bank, we are paying our bills and we continue to give service to the public,” he said. “That’s our main purpose, to give service to the public.”

The squad does not plan to have any additional layoffs, he said. It was not known when the state police investigation would be complete.

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