Bond set for Forrest County volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement

Bond set for Forrest County volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement
Carl Swann

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - UPDATE: Bond has been set for a Forrest County volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement.

Carl Swann made his initial appearance in court Monday where his bond was set at $5,000.

Swann is accused of embezzling money from donations received by the fire department.

The arrest: 

A member of the Rawl Springs Volunteer Fire Department is behind bars and facing embezzlement charges in Forrest County.

Carl Swann, 64 of Forrest County, the Rawl Springs volunteer assistant fire chief, was arrested Thursday night on an active warrant from the Forrest County Sheriff's Department and charged with one count of embezzlement.

“On September 26, we got a tip that there was a case of embezzlement going on at the Rawl Springs Volunteer fire department and we obtained subpoenas for their financial records,” Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Nick Calico said. “We examined the records and determined that there was a case of embezzlement at the department.”

According to Calico, the investigation is ongoing and there are still documents that the sheriff's department will obtain.

"The case pertains to the embezzlement of money, which was used for personal use," Calico said.

The Rawl Springs Volunteer Fire Department has two different funding sources.

"There are no county funds involved, and the county does not oversee any of their funds that are being investigated," said Chip Brown, Forrest County Fire Coordinator. "The funds that are being investigated are the portion that was donated to the department that they raised themselves, not any tax dollars or state money."

Aside of being a member of the volunteer department, Swann is also a former reserve deputy for the Forrest County Sheriff's Department.

Swann is expected to appear before the judge Monday afternoon.