Missing fire assoc. funds land man in jail

Robert Allen Beebe (Source: Georgetown County Detention Center)
Robert Allen Beebe (Source: Georgetown County Detention Center)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has landed a Pawleys Island man behind bars, charged with breach of trust.

That investigation was requested by the SC Fire and Life Education Association. At its conclusion, 43-year-old Robert A. Beebe II was arrested and charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value of $10,000 or more.

Arrest warrants state that Beebe served as the secretary and treasurer for the SC Fire and Life Education Association, and between May 2006 and March 2013, $36,000 of the association's money was used for his personal gain.

If convicted, Beebe could spend up to ten years in prison or pay a fine.

Beebe is a former employee of Midway Fire Department, serving as the public information officer. The department released the following statement about Beebe's resignation:

Midway Fire Rescue has been part of the Pawley's Island-Litchfield Community since 1962.  Since that time, Midway's primary focus has to been to protect property and save lives. It is not something that we take lightly. The community has been a wonderful supporter of the Department, and we, in turn, will continue to always provide the best service possible to our community.

In a letter dated, May 8, 2013, Mr. Robert Beebe, resigned from Midway Fire Rescue.

Midway Fire Rescue is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to the residents of the Pawleys Island - Litchfield Communities. We thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to serve you.

Please direct any further questions regarding Mr. Beebe to Georgetown County's Public Information Officer, Jackie Broach (843) 545-3164.

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