Donald Lee Wilkins, chief of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, was arrested for two felony warrants Monday.
Wilkins was being held Tuesday at the Faulkner County Detention Facility, charged with forgery and credit card fraud according to 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden.
A felony information sheet filed with Faulkner County Circuit Court shows that the charges were filed on Aug. 17. According to this document it is alleged that Wilkins forged the signature of Circuit Judge David Clark, though it doesn’t specify what sort of document was involved.
According to Lt. Matt Rice of FCSO, investigators working in northwest Pulaski County Monday to search a suspected ATV "chop shop" at 14026 Fortson Road sent a request for an agency with the capability to bring a high-volume pump to the property to drain a shallow pond. Wilkins "just showed up," Rice said, "and with two felony warrants we couldn’t just let him walk away."
Rice said the arrest was not planned or "a setup."
County Judge Preston Scroggin on Friday sent a memo to 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden requesting that Vaden "look into the financial transactions of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department," as Scroggin’s office had received "numerous calls and complaints about double billing and public property misuse."
Scroggin said Tuesday that the complaints received by his office don’t seem to be related to the allegations of forgery or credit card fraud and that they seemed, to him, to be separate sets of allegations.
Vaden said he received the memo and had this week heard similar allegations from a person in the Hilltop department’s coverage area but hadn’t yet looked into these claims.
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