Ex-treasurer arrested at S.C. home

May 04, 2007|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter

A former treasurer of the Rivera Beach Volunteer Fire Company charged with stealing $50,000 is en route to Maryland after being picked up in South Carolina, Anne Arundel County law enforcement officials said yesterday.

Horry County police arrested Kelly T. McColl, 40, at his home in Surfside Beach on April 18 and charged him with being a fugitive. McColl was released to county authorities 10 days later.

"He is not in our jail yet, but he is somewhere in transit back to the state of Maryland," said Capt. William E. Smith of the Anne Arundel County sheriff's office.

McColl was charged March 31 amid part of a larger police investigation of mismanagement of company funds under former Chief Kenneth B. Hyde Sr.

An internal probe found that under Hyde's direction, the firehouse failed to file tax returns since 2000, and that Hyde was using the company's credit card for purchases and cash withdrawals across the U.S. and Canada. Hyde says he repaid the money. He has not been charged with a crime.

Hyde has been demoted from his post at the Pasadena firehouse, and he lost his job as the head of the Baltimore Fire Department's training academy in February after a recruit's death.

The Riviera Beach fire company's treasurer from 2000 to 2005, McColl is accused of writing dozens of checks from firehouse accounts to pay for his mortgages, personal credit card bills and car insurance. The checks totaled $50,458.65, police said.

McColl failed to maintain or keep ledgers, and receipts, canceled checks, bank statements and invoices vanished when he left his tenure as treasurer, police said. He was charged with one count of theft valued at more than $500 and another of felony theft scheme, but he had already left the state, police said.

nia.henderson@baltsun.com

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