Former Louisa police & volunteer fire chief charged
February 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM EST - Updated June 26 at 4:14 PM
LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A former police and volunteer fire chief in Louisa is arrested and accused in an embezzlement scheme.
31-year-old Mark McGhee was arrested on Friday afternoon. We found a picture of him, in uniform as a police officer for the town of Louisa. He was working with the Travilians Volunteer Fire Department and that's where the money was reported missing.
NBC12 talked to McGhee for a few minutes outside of his home Monday night. McGhee was pretty relaxed. He didn't answer many of our questions for legal reasons, but he did tell us what he's going through.
We asked him about the financial misrepresentation charge he's facing.
Investigators say he embezzled thousands of dollars from the Travilians Volunteer Fire Department.
GENE: "Are you innocent?"
MARK: "I cannot comment."
GENE: "You can't tell me if you are innocent of guilty?"
MARK: "Of course I do, but I cannot comment further."
We've learned that McGhee was the volunteer chief at the Louisa fire department up until about six months ago. That's when he resigned. It was prior to the start of this investigation; an investigation that may have involved your taxpayer money from Louisa county.
That's something the county is looking into now.
McGhee was promoted to acting Louisa police chief for about nine months back in 2010, when he was still at the fire department.
GENE: "How are you doing personally, having to go through all of this?"
MARK: "I'm doing just fine."
McGhee is on administrative leave from the police department and facing some serious accusations.
The town of Louisa police department will soon be starting its own administrative investigation into McGhee. He is expected back in court March 8th for an arraignment hearing.