Payne Springs volunteer firefighter charged with bribery, suspended

Payne Springs volunteer firefighter charged with bribery, suspended

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A volunteer firefighter with Payne Springs Fire Rescue has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested in Henderson County.

According to a Facebook post from the department, 53-year old Randy Harley of Mabank was indefinitely suspended from Payne Springs Fire Rescue.

An arrest affidavit said that Harley allegedly allowed people to acquire court-ordered community service hours by making a "donation"  in exchange for his signature on documents required by the Henderson County Community Supervision & Corrections Department.

The affidavit also said that the Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg contacted the HCSCD and asked if any probationer had submitted a sheet saying they did work at the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He learned one person had submitted a sheet that claimed they performed community service at the fire department.

The affidavit said Renberg said he met with the probationer who told him that he had given Harley $1,200 in exchange for his signature for community service hours. It also said the probationer didn't perform any of the service listed on the sheet.

The Fire Marshal said he was also in possession of the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Departments bank records. He said the records do not indicate a $1,200 deposit into the departments account in a reasonable amount of time to account for the money provided to Harley.

Harley is in the Henderson County Jail charged with bribery and tampering with a government record, according to judicial records.

Harley's collective bond is set at $60,000.

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