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Former EMS Director Charged With Using Ambulance Gas Cards

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Mitchell Stewart after a court appearance in 2010 Mitchell Stewart after a court appearance in 2010

Mitchell Stewart faces a fraud charge after an arrest late last week, according to a Gaffney Police report.

Stewart served as the Cherokee County EMS director until he was let go in January of this year.

Upstate Carolina EMS is contracted to handle ambulance service. Randy Guyton runs the company and wouldn't get into why Stewart was terminated.

Last month, Guyton and his staff noticed unauthorized activity on the gas accounts ambulance drivers use.

"What had happened was access was gained to all the fuel numbers somehow," Guyton said.

Each employee has their own code they punch into the pump to begin the gas purchase.

Police say after Stewart left the EMS service, he used his knowledge of employee numbers and an auxiliary fuel card to fill up his own tank on multiple occasions.

"There were several individual fuel numbers that were being used fraudulently," Guyton said.

Upstate EMS has changed the employee codes in response to this arrest, and will consider a policy change when people of knowledge of the codes leave or are let go.

 

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