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Jailed Former Fire Chief Gets Extra Time Added

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Years of Criminal Conduct Catch Up To Him

BILLY JOE CARTER, FORMER FIRE CHIEF of Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department in Botetourt County, Virginia, had additional prison time added to his incarceration Monday.  In January he was sentenced to serve five years with another 18 yrs. suspended for a variety of felonies.

Monday’s sentence added another 42 months to his future for a separate, Federal crime against the Medicare program.  The Roanoke Times reported:

U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad sentenced Billy Joe Carter to 42 months on a single conspiracy charge for government theft for collecting federal disability and health benefits while hiding income.

The case traces back to 2004, when Billy Joe Carter began receiving disability compensation for psychological disorders. With his wife as his payment representative, he collected $130,665 in Social Security. Medicare benefits paid in Carter’s name came to $91,828.

About a year and a half into the benefit period, Carter failed to report a job as a farmhand that paid $5,000 a month and construction contracts for which he earned additional income. He later failed to disclose his employment as chief of Buchanan’s then-volunteer firefighting squad, prosecutors said. But the benefits continued, and the money is now gone, having been spent on businesses that failed, Shana Carter said.

Carter’s wife was also sentenced to indefinite home detention for her role in the Medicare fraud conspiracy.  Read the entire ARTICLE HERE.

carter 2012 mug

2012 mug shot

On January 10 of this year, Firegeezer reported on the earlier sentencing:

Carter, 35, has been held in jail since November 2012 when was first charged with burglary, abduction, perjury, statutory rape, and an assortment of gun charges.  In that same month he had resigned his position in the fire department.

While he was serving as chief, the BVFD operated almost as a criminal enterprise with several officers having been convicted felons already.  It all came to a head when some members got involved in a shootout with the sheriff’s deputies.

Willie Wines, publisher of IronFiremen.com, summarized a near-complete list of the shenanigans in his blog HERE from July 2012.

Read the entire Firegeezer report HERE.

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  • Safety Officer

    A farmhand that makes $5000 a MONTH???? Gees Im in the wrong business!