Couple faces criminal charges for money missing from Coal Valley fire fund

The former Coal Valley auxiliary fire fund treasurer and former assistant fire chief are accused of conspiring to take money from the fund and conceal the theft.

Court records show Laurie Mitchell, 51, was charged with felony theft of an amount more than $300 and less than $10,000.  Her husband, James Mitchell, faces one felony count of obstructing justice by destroying evidence.

The investigation into possible missing funds began in February 2014.

Laurie was accused of taking money donated to support volunteer firefighters and charity efforts when she was treasurer for the Coal Valley firefighters’ auxiliary fund.  James was charged after he tried to reimburse the fund to cover the losses, according to the Quad City Times.

Court records show charges were filed against the Mitchells on March 7, 2014.  They turned themselves in and were held in the Rock Island County Jail until they each later posted bond.

The Mitchells were next scheduled to appear in court March 25.

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