Former Fire Official Indicted On Embezzlement Charges
Former Lincolnton Fire Department Assistant Chief William Vernon Fortenberry has been indicted on embezzlement charges. According to the North Carolina Court System website, Fortenberry has been indicted on nine felony counts of embezzlement.
According to various published reports, authorities confirm that Fortenberry, who is 50-years-old, was charged with four counts of embezzlement in connection with funds missing from the Lincoln County chapter of the North Carolina Burned Children Fund in addition to five counts of embezzlement connected to funds missing from Pisgah United Methodist Church in Lincolnton.
The investigation was reportedly conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities say the probe focused on allegations that Fortenberry, who had held the position of treasurer with the Burned Children Fund since 1993, had mishandled funds in excess of $10,000.
Fortenberry was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $36,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court next Monday (February 15). The investigation is ongoing.