Upshur County grand jury indicts former fire chief after internal theft case

Upshur County grand jury indicts former fire chief after internal theft case
James Wilson Burks

UPSHUR COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - The former fire chief for the East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has been indicted following an internal theft investigation.

James Wilson Burks was indicted on the charge of misapplication of fiduciary property - over $30,000.

According to a press release from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, the East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department contacted them on May 23 and reported an internal theft of property that valued more than $30,000.

In a previous press release the sheriff’s office reported the fire department had filed a criminal complaint that alleged a member had misappropriated departmental funds.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office launched an internal theft investigation into the East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and later presented the case to the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office then presented the the case to the Upshur grand jury, according to the press release.

Burks was arrested and booked into the Upshur County Jail on Sept. 5. According to the press release, his bond has been set at $50,000.

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