Former Lufkin firefighter allegedly used Moffett VFD credit card for his personal vehicle

Former Lufkin firefighter allegedly used Moffett VFD credit card for his personal vehicle

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old Lufkin man on Thursday in connection to allegations that he used a Moffett Volunteer Fire Department credit card to buy fuel for his personal vehicle.

Johnathan Bunton, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of credit or debit card abuse. He was released later Thursday after he posted a $2,500 bail.

According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO detective talked to the chief of the Moffett Volunteer Fire Department, who told her that a representative for the VFD's bank had told him about multiple charges to a company fuel card that appeared to be fraudulent.

The Moffett VFD chief told the detective that they have fuel cards that are only supposed to be used for the department's fire trucks and at specific businesses.

When the fire chief started looking at the suspicious transactions, he realized that the card had been used at local gas station that was not authorized for fuel purchases. He traveled to the gas station located at 4609 East State Highway 103 and was able to review the security camera footage from the day in question.

Later, the ACSO detective obtained a copy of the video, which showed a white male driving a black SUV that was pulling a boat. The man drove up to the gas pump, fueled his SUV, and drove off, according to the affidavit.

With the help of a friend, the Moffett VFD chief was able to identify the person in the video as Bunton.

In addition, the ACSO detective learned that Bunton had posted pictures of a boat on Facebook and that the boat looked like the one in the surveillance video. When the detective went to Bunton's home in Lufkin, she spotted a black SUV and a boat in his driveway that matched the descriptions of the ones in the video.

When Bunton volunteered to come to the sheriff's office for an interview, he allegedly admitted to using the gas card for his personal vehicle on numerous occasions. Bunton also said he "knew, after using it the first time, he should not have used the card" and that it was "wrong," according to the affidavit.

An official with the Lufkin Fire Department confirmed that Bunton had worked as a full-time firefighter for the city and that he resigned Thursday. Bunton is also no longer a volunteer firefighter for the Moffett VFD, according to a spokesman for the department.

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