- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island tax collector who authorities say used money from a firefighters’ health care fund to pay a personal credit card will not face criminal charges.

State police said an investigation determined that Timothy Griffin used nearly $3,700 from the health care fund of Lincoln’s Lonsdale fire district to pay off a personal credit card. Griffin was suspended as the tax collector last September after a fiscal review of the district’s finances.

State Police Major Joe Philbin tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1VTlMjY ) the money was immediately paid back.

He says the incident seems like a “one-time occurrence” and that the district is continuing to analyze records for further discrepancies.

Philbin says this is why the complaint remains open. Griffin didn’t answer phone calls seeking comment.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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