The Tisbury Police Department is investigating the alleged theft of funds from a nonprofit organization associated with the fire department, according to a police report.
Police investigated missing funds from the Legion Pumper Association Fund, first reported by Fire Chief John Schilling on Jan. 19, according to the report.
The investigation centered on Domenic “Nicky” Fullin, who is the only member of the association to have access to the checkbook, according to the police report. Checks from the Legion Pumper account were written to Credit One Bank and First National Bank, the report stated.
In a meeting on Feb. 9, Fullin allegedly told Schilling, with Tisbury Det. Max Sherman in the room, that checks were written to cover his personal credit card debt, according to the report. “Fullin stated he has the money in cash set aside to pay back the account,” the report states. Fullin turned in his keys, radio, pager, and equipment at the end of the meeting, according to the report. He came back later that night and returned $3,100, the report states.
The report states that “approximately $5,000” is unaccounted for, and indicates that Schilling believes more than the $3,100 returned remains missing.
No charges have been filed.
Attempts to reach Fullin by phone were unsuccessful, and he did not respond to a message left at his home.
On Tuesday, Chief Schilling said full restitution has been made and he would have no further comment on the investigation. “The matter was handled internally,” he said.
The Legion Pumper Association is a nonprofit that helps pay for the department’s participation in parades and other events. Most recently, it was the organization involved in returning the town’s historic 1947 LaFrance Pumper to the Island.
The Legionnaires have a storied history in Tisbury, with the unit having been established and manned by veterans. Several men returned to Tisbury after World War I and established the American Legion Pumper crew, which was a complement to the town department and allowed the returning men to continue to serve their country.
One of the department’s trucks still carries the American Legion symbol, and inside American Legion Post 257 there are tributes to the ties between veterans and the fire department.