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SLED Investigating Blacksburg Fire Dept For Credit Card Use

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The State Law Enforcement Division confirmed it is investigating the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department concerning the use of a municipal credit card. The State Law Enforcement Division confirmed it is investigating the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department concerning the use of a municipal credit card.
BLACKSBURG, S.C. -

The State Law Enforcement Division confirmed it is investigating the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department concerning the use of a municipal credit card.

The department is not directly managed by the town, but it receives about $80,000 in taxpayer money.

A department spokesman did not have knowledge of an investigation.

The Blacksburg town administrator said that SLED requested the invoices for gas credit cards. She added that the town has not been notified by SLED of any wrongdoing.

The town council met Tuesday night. The mayor acknowledged that these issues are concerning.

He directed the town attorney to draw up a fromal agreement between the fire department and the town outlining how funds are used.

The mayor also said the way the town tracks gasoline consumption needs to change.

Scott Patterson lives in Blacksburg and told 7 On Your Side that he is concerned about lack of oversight at the department.

"They basically have an open checkbook," Patterson said. "I want to know why our money is being wasted."

The department insists everything is going smoothly.

"Nothing is going on as far as any strife, everything is working out fine and it will continue to be that way," firefighter and public information officer Joshua Gore said.

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