A Dallas firefighter was arrested after authorities said he lied about contracting coronavirus, received more than $ 12,000 in sickness benefits and lay down at a nearby resort during his stay. leave.
William Jordan Carter, 38, of Rowlett, Texas, was charged with criminal theft of $ 12,548.86 of public funds in a scheme that ran from March 24 to April 23, according to an affidavit by arrest drafted by Dallas Police Detective. Lee Allen.
Carter got sick leave after telling bosses on March 24 that his wife tested positive for Covid-19, before saying a week later that his daughter had also contracted the virus, Allen wrote in his filed affidavit Thursday.
Then, two days before resuming work, Carter told his supervisor he had also tested positive, according to the affidavit. Dallas Deputy Fire Chief Lauren Johnson then asked Carter for documents and that’s when he would have been blunt.
“Witness Johnson asked if this was all true and he said, ‘I guess not,'” Allen wrote. “Witness Johnson asked, ‘What prompted you to do this? Suspect Carter said, “Greed, I guess. “”
The detective added: “Witness Johnson asked, ‘Just so you don’t have to go to work?’ and he said, “Yes. “
Police extracted Carter’s bank statements and found that he spent $ 1,348.40 from April 15 to 18 at the Kalahari complex in Round Rock, among other charges, according to the affidavit. The resort boasts of having “America’s largest indoor water park.”
Carter, who was arrested Friday, was not on the Dallas prison inmate files Wednesday. The firefighter could not immediately be reached for comment on the phone numbers publicly listed for him and it was not clear whether the suspect had yet hired a lawyer.
Dallas Fire Fighters Association president Jim McDade has confirmed that Carter, who normally works at Station 7, has been suspended by the department, but he declined further comment.