- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

CHESHIRE, Mass. (AP) - The 80-year-old treasurer of the fundraising arm of a Berkshire County fire department has been charged with stealing more than $32,000 from the organization.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1LB8lVB ) reports that an attorney entered a not guilty plea Wednesday on behalf of Everett “Gus” Martin.

Prosecutors say Martin made five separate withdrawals of over $5,000 from the Hoosac Hose Company’s account in 2014. The Cheshire Fire Department keeps donations and proceeds from their fundraising events in the account.

Chief Thomas Francesconi says the money was first found to be missing in February.

Martin says he invested the money in a land management fund in Springfield and intended to repay it.



Prosecutors say there is no Springfield land management fund and Martin took the money for himself.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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