A volunteer member of the Delmar-Bethlehem EMS has been arrested for using the company’s credit card without permission.
Stephen J. Wieland Sr., 61, of Glenmont, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and charged with felony counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree and scheme to defraud in the first degree.
Police said Wieland is the superintendent at the South Station in Selkirk. While working as a volunteer, Wieland obtained a credit card that was assigned to one of the EMS vehicles.
An investigation was launched by police after Delmar-Bethlehem EMS officials discovered inconsistent transactions on the credit card statement. The investigation revealed that Wieland Sr. allegedly had been using the credit card to make unauthorized purchases from October of 2013 through August of 2014. Police said the purchases consisted of gasoline for Wieland Sr.’s personal vehicle.
Police said the credit card was property of Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, and the organization has clear policies on the use of this card, which prohibits this type of conduct.
Wieland was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Bethlehem Court on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m.