Ex-local fire chief, son, charged in theft of department funds

David Borders (left) and William Borders. (Jail photos)
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LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY, Texas (KWTX) Former Little-River Academy Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Borders, 47, and his son William Borders, 24, were in the Bell County Jail Thursday charged in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the department.

David Borders, who’s charged with theft over $30,000, but less than $150,000, is held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

His son, who’s charged with credit/debit card abuse, is held in lieu of $75,000 bond.

The two were booked into the Bell County Jail early Thursday morning following an investigation that started in July 2018 when a department representative reported the theft.

“It was reportedly discovered after department members reviewed the financial records and observed numerous cash advances from the department’s checking account with no discernible purpose,” Bell County sheriff’s Maj. T.J. Cruz said in a press release Thursday.

“It was also reported by the department officials there was no legitimate reason for the number and amount of cash advances observed,” he said.

Investigators obtained account records for the department’s debit card that showed a number of cash withdrawals ranging from $1,000 to more than $4,000 a month, Cruz said.

“Although hundreds of receipts were provided, there were no receipts recovered documenting the cash withdrawals, nor cash transactions related to departmental use,” he said.

ATM surveillance video, however, showed that Borders and his son were “responsible for numerous ATM withdrawals,” Cruz said.

Arrest warrants for the two were issued on Tuesday.