Deputy chief of Richlands EMS accused of fraud, identity theft


A former deputy chief of Richlands Volunteer EMS Rescue is accused of using the squad’s fuel card for personal gas purchases.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Kevin James Bell, of Tarawa Terrace, Wednesday morning. He was working as the deputy chief of Richlands Volunteer EMS Rescue, but is no longer a volunteer.

Between April 27 and May 7, Bell allegedly defrauded Richlands Volunteer EMS Rescue by using the squad’s government-issued fuel card to buy gas for his personal vehicle from a WilcoHess in Richlands, warrants say.

According to the warrants, Bell obtained another man’s PIN number –without that person’s permission– in order to use the government-issued fuel card.

The warrants state that Bell used Richlands EMS’ fuel card four times– on April 27, twice on April 30, and finally on May 7. In three of those instances, Bell allegedly used the fuel card to buy gas for his personal vehicle, and in one instance, he used the card to buy gas for another person’s vehicle, according to the warrants.

The gas purchased add up to $223.44, the warrants say.

Bell is charged with four felony counts of identity theft and four misdemeanor counts of financial credit card fraud. At last check, he was being held under a $30,000 bond.

Bell is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.

The suspect is also a sergeant with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, said a base official.

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