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Grand jury says Neon firefighter stole $232,380




Samuel W. “Trey” Quillen III, 44, of Neon, turned himself in after being indicted and was released after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

Samuel W. “Trey” Quillen III, 44, of Neon, turned himself in after being indicted and was released after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

A firefighter accused of embezzling nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the Neon Volunteer Fire Department is among five people indicted late last week by a Letcher County grand jury.

Samuel W. “Trey” Quillen III, 44, of Neon, turned himself in the following day and was released on a $5,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be back in Letcher Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 28.

The indictments charge Quillen with 43 separate counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property totaling $232,380 over a period beginning in May 2011, and continuing until June 2014. Amounts the grand jury alleges were involved range from a low of $2,075 in June of 2014, to a high of $6,850 during October 2013.

Quillen, an emergency medical technician and an officer at the fire department, was a longtime member of the Neon Volunteer Fire Department. The charges are apparently related to his work at the fire department.

Each charge is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000-$10,000.

Detective Randy Combs of the Kentucky State Police testified before the grand jury.

Others indicted include:

Johnny Ray Sexton, 37, of Little Colley, was indicted on one count of making a false statement in order to obtain increase of benefit over $100. The charge involves statements allegedly made to receive unemployment benefits. Emma Wireman of the Division of Unemployment testified in the case.

Steve Dotson, 42, of Jeremiah, was indicted on one count of flagrant non-support for allegedly failing to pay child support of “not less than $1,000 and/or by failing to make payments for at least six consecutive months.” Monica Adams, Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified before the grand jury.

Jody Maggard, 33, of George B. Branch at Cowan was charged with one count of flagrant non-support for allegedly failing to pay child support of “not less than $1,000 and/or by failing to make payments for at least six consecutive months.” Monica Adams, Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified before the grand jury.

Jonathan Fugate, 29, of Jackson, was charged with one count of flagrant nonsupport for allegedly failing to pay child support of “not less than $1,000 and/ or by failing to make payments for at least six consecutive months.” Monica Adams, Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified in the case.

All of the indictments are Class D felonies.


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