ELIZABETHTOWN — Former Clarkton Deputy Fire Chief Joshua Simmons was in court Monday to face charges of felony conspiracy related to an investigation of alleged wrongdoing within the Clarkton Fire Department.
According to the Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court's Office, Simmons is expected to return to court on Jan. 6.
He, along with former Clarkton Fire Chief Allen Robinson, were indicted by a Bladen County Grand Jury on Aug. 5.
Robinson is charged with with two counts of insurance fraud, five counts of embezzlement, and two counts of corporate malfeasance.
The pair are alleged to have cut the pump off one of the department's fire trucks in 2012 and reported it as stolen to the insurance company. According to reports, the pump was valued at about $13,000. It is also alleged that in 2010, Robinson reported several air tanks as missing when they were actually in use at the fire department.
Robinson was also alleged to have misappropriated funds.