The New Market Volunteer Fire Department Chief is facing charges after investigators announced Tuesday that he stole at least $1,105 from the department.
The Tennessee State Comptroller determined Chief Frank Solomon bought auto parts and accessories for vehicles he owned using the fire department’s funds from July 2014 through October 2016.
“It’s important that volunteer fire departments require and retain detailed invoices and receipts for purchases,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson in a release. “These documents should be carefully reviewed to ensure that inappropriate charges are promptly detected.”
The comptroller said Solomon admitted to investigators that he charged personal purchases to the fire department's accounts.
A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted Solomon in April on one count of theft of more than $1,000, one count of sales tax fraud of more than $500, one count of theft of less than $500 and two counts of official misconduct.
Investigators found Solomon also misused the fire department’s sales tax exemption and vehicle title registration discount when he registered a Dodge Charger with his personal funds in the fire department’s name, according to Wilson.
Solomon is also an elected constable in Jefferson County.
New Market town leaders voted to defund the volunteer fire department's entire budget in June 2016. The department once received $26,000 annually, and town officials cut it to about $13,000 in 2015.