A 22-year-old Lancaster volunteer firefighter was charged Monday after the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office say he used a county credit card to fuel a personal vehicle.
Jayson David Freeman, a member of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department, was charged with breach of trust. He is accused of using a fuel credit card issued by Lancaster County to the fire department to make a purchase of 22.62 gallons of unleaded fuel, according to the sheriff’s office.
WSOC-TV, The Herald’s news partner, reported that Freeman also is a member of the Lancaster Police Department. The station reports that Lancaster police chief Scott Grant has suspended Freeman.
The cost of the fuel was $42.65, and the purchase was made at a Crenco gas station on S.C. 9 Bypass West in early May, a report said.
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Lancaster County officials became aware of a missing fuel card earlier this month and contacted the Lancaster County administration building to cancel the card, the report said.
The report states that the 22.62 gallons of fuel was “not normal,” because the equipment fuel containers used by fire services normally hold two gallons of fuel.
The card had a PIN number assigned to Freeman, according to the report. The report states Freeman has been with the fire department for five yeras, and has received no disciplinary actions.
According to the report, Lancaster County Apparatus and Equipment Officer Billy Lloyd reached Freeman by phone. Freeman told Lloyd that he did not use Crenco for fuel purposes, and that he has not shared the PIN number with anyone.
Freeman voluntarily came to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed by an investigator, according to public information officer Doug Barfield.
The investigator concluded that Freeman used the card to fuel a personal vehicle, and sought an arrest warrant. Freeman turned himself in Monday, and was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.
Anyone with information about this or any other case is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.