Volunteer Firefighter Arrested

A volunteer firefighter has been arrested after members of the Castalia Fire Department recently noticed inaccuracies in their fuel transactions.

On August 29th, officials with the Castalia Fire Department notified the Nash County Sheriff’s Office of 10 discrepancies in fuel charges.  Fuel was charged to the department but it was not placed in authorized fire department vehicles.

The transactions totaled over $325 and occurred over a period of a month and a half.

Sheriff’s detectives questioned Matthew Dean James, 30, of Nashville, who had been a volunteer with the department since 2017.  During questioning, James allegedly admitted to putting fuel in his personal vehicle and charging it to the Castalia Volunteer Fire Department.

James was arrested Friday and charged with 10 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.  He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond pending a first court appearance in Nash County District Court on Tuesday.