THE ENDLESS PARADE OF EMBEZZLING FD TREASURERS continues with a side trip to a union local. The Norwell, Massachusetts, Firefighters Union was first alerted to something going wrong when one of their checks bounced last week. Further review of bank records showed 24 checks being written since October 2009 made out to their treasurer and cashed by him.
Puzzled over an empty bank account that should have had over 40 thousand dollars in it, the union officers asked the treasurer Truong Nguyen to bring the checkbook and his receipts to the police department last Saturday so they could check out the problem.
Instead of showing up, Nguyen disappeared, triggering an arrest warrant being issued by Norwell police. The Norwell Mariner reports:
After unsuccessfully contacting Nguyen at his home and after he did not show up to work, Norwell Detectives obtained a warrant for Mr. Nguyen for Embezzlement, a felony, which carries a five-year sentence.
Over the weekend, detectives received information that Nguyen may be at Foxwoods [Resorts Casino] in Connecticut gambling and contacted the Connecticut State Police office at Foxwoods and advised them of the warrant.
On Monday April 12, the State Police contacted Norwell police and informed them that Nguyen had been placed under arrest at the casino.
The checking account is largely comprised of donations, funds that are used for charitable causes and scholarship programs that the union supports.
Nguyen, 35, is being held in jail awaiting extradition to Massachusetts. He has been place on unpaid suspension by the Fire Chief.