Chenango Forks Fire Chief arrested

By Haley Burton

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The chief of the Chenango Forks Fire Company was arrested and charged with a felony and official misconduct.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division arrested Lewis G. Merritt, 57, of Chenango Forks, after an investigation into the misappropriation of property at the Chenango Forks Fire Company.

Deputies say Merritt falsified paperwork to obtain a vehicle for personal use that had been donated to the fire company.

The vehicle was donated to the fire company by a downstate New York fireman’s fund, according to the sheriff's office.

Merritt was taken into custody Sunday and charged in the town of Dickinson with offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, a class E felony, and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Merritt was issued appearance tickets ordering him to appear in City of Binghamton Court to answer to the charges.

The New York State Office of Motor Vehicles Investigation Division assisted with the investigation.