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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Crime & Courts

Sarasota firefighters fund treasurer accused of theft


The treasurer of the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit organization, Sarasota County sheriff’s deputies said.

Thomas Rhoades, 43, 8983 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, is charged with one count each of felony scheme to defraud and grand theft in excess of $100,000.

According to a report, detectives found that Rhoades made $221,507.58 in unauthorized withdrawals from the fund’s high-yield savings and business checking accounts between February 2011 and September 2013.

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