An investigation by Altus Police, that began in early August, has resulted in charges being filed in Jackson County District Court against a former Altus Assistant Fire Chief.
According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, Rick Mealer, 57, surrendered to authorities this morning on charges of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses. Murphy said that Mealer is accused of falsifying timesheets and receiving money, while employed as an Assistant Fire Chief with the City of Altus. The money is question totals more than $18,000 for days he claimed he worked but was never present.
Murphy said that police believe Mealer claimed approximately 29 days of work, from September of 2010 until his retirement on July 30, 2015, at both his regular pay rate and an over time rate. Murphy said that 12 of those days claimed by Mealer were in his last year of employment with the City of Altus.
Accompanied by his attorney, Mealer surrendered himself to authorities today and was booked into the Jackson County Jail. He was later released on his own recognizance.
“These are taxpayer dollars being used to pay the salaries of the employee’s of the City of Altus,” said Murphy. “I believe the citizens, as well as our employer, have an expectation from their employees and that is to record timesheets accurately and more importantly honestly.”
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