Ex-Central Texas fire chief, son, indicted in theft of thousands

David Borders (left) and William Borders. (Jail photos)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Former Little-River Academy Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Borders, 48, and his son William Borders, 21, were indicted Wednesday in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the department.

The Bell County Grand Jury indicted David Borders on a charge of theft of property more than $30,000, but less than $150,000.

His son was named in an indictment charging debit card abuse.

The two were arrested on Dec. 6, 2018 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 at the time of the arrests.

“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.

Father and son are free on bond.