Darlington fire department volunteer faces embezzlement charges

Police: Volunteer allegedly stole $55,000 from accounts
Darlington fire department volunteer faces embezzlement charges

A 30-year-old Darlington man has been arrested on embezzlement charges after Darlington police investigated questionable withdrawals he made while treasurer for the volunteer fire department.

Jonathon Grossen was arrested Friday night by Darlington police.

According to the police department, Grossen was subject to an eight-week investigation by the department, after his term as membership treasurer for the fire department ended in March.

The report referred to the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office by the police alleges Grossen stole $47,284.40 from the donation accounts of the Darlington Fire Department over a three-year period from 2009 to 2012. Grossen was membership treasurer during this time.

Police said Grossen stole the money in small increments that went unnoticed until recent months.

Darlington Police Chief Jason King said Grossen’s position as Treasurer was a volunteer position, but Grossen was not re-elected in 2012 and his term ended in March.

After Grossen was not re-elected, he handed over records that revealed several suspicious withdrawals, according to King. 

Police said once the fire department noticed the suspicious withdrawals, they brought the matter to the attention of the Darlington Police Department and asked that it be investigated.