Former fire chief in Upshur County pleads guilty in internal theft case

Former fire chief in Upshur County pleads guilty in internal theft case
James Wilson Burks

UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A former fire chief in Upshur County has plead guilty to the charge of misapplication of fiduciary property - over $30,000.

James Wilson Burks, former fire chief for the East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, pleaded guilty Monday in the 115th District Court. He will be sentenced at a later date, according to court records.

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 case to the Upshur County grand jury, according to the press release.

Burks was arrested and booked into the Upshur County Jail on Sept. 5, 2019.

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