- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) - Police have arrested the former financial officer of an eastern Nebraska fire department in connection with improper spending of the unit’s funds.

The La Vista Police Department says 43-year-old Michael Stubbs was arrested Wednesday on a charge of felony theft by deception. Stubbs previously served as the La Vista Volunteer Firefighter Association’s financial officer.

Chief Bob Lausten says the president of the association contacted police after noticing discrepancies in the unit’s financial records in January. The report prompted an investigation and resulted in a search warrant being served at Stubbs’ home, where investigators found items allegedly purchased with unauthorized funds.

Authorities say investigation into the improper spending is ongoing.

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