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Updated: 10/26/2013 08:00:02AM

Man charged with embezzling from firefighter fund

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The treasurer of the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund was charged Friday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Jason Rhoades, 43, of the 8900 block of Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, was charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud after authorities said Rhodes made numerous unauthorized in-branch and ATM withdrawals from the benevolent fund’s high-yield savings and business checking accounts totaling $221,507 between February 2011 and September 2013.

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