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Green River, Wyoming fire chief arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $125K

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 23:47:05-05

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — The fire chief of a small town in Wyoming and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $125,000.

Green River Fire Chief Michael Nomis, 50, and Stephanie Nomis, 46, are charged with felony theft. The chief is also charged with wrongful appropriation of public property.

After an investigation into the city's finances that began in November, detectives with the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office found at least $125,000 missing from Green River Fire Department Foundation accounts. The funds, some of which were tracked down in the investigation while others are still unaccounted for, were allegedly embezzled over the course of August 2016 through January 2020.

An announcement from the sheriff's office states that the foundation receives money donated from local organizations and businesses to supplement the budget from the city. Some also came from volunteer firefighters' pay.