Toward the end of November, Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson received information regarding reported misuse of a charge account by members of the Kilpatrick Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Edmondson was contacted because he serves as a board member for the fire department. Chief Edmondson contacted Deputy State Fire Marshal Ray Cumby to assist with the investigation. While Chief Edmondson and Deputy Fire Marshal Cumby looked into reports regarding the charge account, they uncovered information indicating that the improper activity extended much further than initially reported.
To date this investigation has revealed that mishandling of Fire Department funds has been ongoing since 2008. It appears that Vickie Lynese McSpadden, 39 of Fort Payne, who served as the treasurer for the Kilpatrick Fire Department, has been misappropriating fire department funds for personal use. At this time the investigation has revealed several thousand dollars of stolen funds. McSpadden was arrested on December 15 and charged with one count of Theft of Property 1st Degree. She has since bonded out of jail on $15,000.
This investigation is ongoing, and all information obtained will be presented to the grand jury for potential additional charges.