Cops: Firefighter bilked dept. for model trains

September 29, 2010 3:01:35 AM PDT
A retired firefighter is accused of stealing $200,000 from a Long Island fire department for personal use.

George William Gray pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to grand larceny and other charges. The 68-year-old chaired the Glen Cove fire department's general fund for almost 20 years before retiring last year.

Gray was held on $50,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail. He's due back in court on Monday.

Prosecutors say Gray wrote over 300 checks for pricey cigars, model railroad equipment and other items over a six-year period.

They say he forged the department treasurer's signature on over 100 checks.

His lawyer, Peter Bongiorno, declined comment.

Gray now lives in Hendersonville, N.C.


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