- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office is accusing members of a volunteer fire department in Wharton with forging state documents.

The office said Monday it has filed felony criminal complaints against fire officer Ira Rash and fire chief Robert Rash of the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire Department.

The filings charge Ira Rash with forgery of a public record and conspiracy, claiming he forged multiple certificates and documents for himself and other members of the department.

The certificates are required by law for fire departments as part of regular reviews of training and equipment.

Officials say the complaint also alleges Robert Rash knew of the altered documents and signed verifications to the state.

A phone number listed for the fire department went unanswered. Messages left at both residences were not immediately returned.

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