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Fire chief, wife accused of embezzling money from volunteer department

Earl James Necaise (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department) Earl James Necaise (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department)
Linda Eldridge (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department) Linda Eldridge (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department)
KILN, MS (WLOX) -

The chief of the Kiln Volunteer Fire Department and his wife are accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the department over a two-year period.

Investigator AJ Gambino, with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, said warrants for Earl James Necaise and Linda Eldridge were signed Monday, and they turned themselves in Tuesday. Both are charged with embezzlement.

Gambino said the couple admitted to stealing $6,490 from the volunteer fire department's checking and savings accounts. Gambino said the couple did deposit $4,000 back into the accounts before turning themselves in.  

Eldridge, Gambino said, served as treasurer for the department while her husband was the chief. Both have resigned from their posts.

Necaise and Eldridge are both out of jail on bond. They face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

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