Assistant chief accused of embezzling nearly $50K from Columbus County fire department

Assistant chief accused of embezzling nearly $50K from Columbus County fire department
David Heath Porter (Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The assistant chief for the Brunswick Fire Department is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 from the agency, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

David Heath Porter, 31, of Whiteville, who is also the the fire department’s treasurer, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with 32 counts of embezzlement and 32 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

According to arrest warrants from the sheriff’s office, Porter took approximately $47,000 between Feb. and Aug. 2019.

The Board of Directors for the Brunswick Fire Department alerted the sheriff’s office on Aug. 8 about the missing funds.

The town of Brunswick is a small community near Whiteville.

Porter was booked into the Columbus County Jail under a $235,000 bond, and was released after posting bail.

He’s expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

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