Au Sable Forks Fire Chief arrested for stealing from department

— The Au Sable Forks Fire Department Fire Chief has been arrested for stealing more than $3,000 in department funds.

On Jan. 18, the New York State Police stationed at Ray Brook and Wilmington commenced an investigation into the larceny of funds and forgery of checks at the fire department after members of the department notified police.

Jason F. Whisher, 32, of Au Sable Forks, was arrested on felony charges as a result of the investigation for second degree forgery and third-degree grand larceny for stealing in excess of $3,000 from the fire department’s accounts.

Whisher had held the position of Ausable Forks fire chief and treasurer.

He was arraigned in the Town of Wilmington Court before Town Justice Robert Kirby.

He was released on his own recognizance to reappear in the Town of Jay court on Jan. 28.

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