Huachuca City Fire Chief arrested on felony charges
SIERRA VISTA - The Huachuca City Fire Chief was arrested for felony theft and trafficking in stolen property on Monday night, according to the Sierra Vista Police Department.
Jon Allmon, 54, was taken into custody after SVPD served a search warrant at his home, located in the 100 block of West Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista, as part of an investigation into fraudulent bank checks, according to an SVPD media release.
He was charged with felony theft over $1,000 and trafficking in stolen property, according to the release.
On Monday afternoon, SVPD detectives learned that 11- forged and fraudulent bank checks were deposited into a bank account belonging to Allmon over a one week period, the release stated. Allmon then withdrew the money at ATMs.
The investigation revealed that Allmon became involved in a common financial scam involving groups who target people seeking a quick fix to their credit rating and a future loan, the release stated. The group remotely deposits forged and fraudulent bank checks into a person’s account and then requires the person to purchase and send the group prepaid credit cards or gift cards.
This type of scheme often leaves financial institutions with large losses associated with the negative account balances accrued before the checks are identified as fraudulent, the release added.
SVPD detectives discovered that Allmon made arrangements to purchase a fire truck in June of 2017 on behalf of Huachuca City, according to the release. Four extrication tools commonly known as “the jaws of life” were included in that purchase.
Detectives also learned that Allmon sold one of those tools to another area fire department and kept the proceeds from the sale, depositing them into an account that he shares with a family member, the release added.
“We urge citizens to be skeptical of scams that make false promises of quickly improved credit scores, future payday loans, and lottery winnings,” Sierra Vista Police Department Sgt. Brian Sebastian said. “When it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
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