A former volunteer firefighter is behind bars facing Embezzlement charges. 

Brandon S. Goforth, 32, who gave a Hayesville North Carolina address for charges stemming from an embezzlement of funds investigation involving a local volunteer fire department, according to Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer. 

During an audit of funds being held by the Culberson Volunteer Fire Department several discrepancies were noticed which were brought to the attention of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. During the 3 month investigation it was alleged that Goforth converted funds in excess of $50,000.00 for his personal use.

Goforth was arrested and charged with 17 counts of Embezzlement of Funds and 17 Counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense. Goforth was released upon making a $10,000.00 secure bond and is scheduled to be in Cherokee County District Court on June 15th, 2016.

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