Stolen gas cards prompts new OEM safety measures - WKRN News 2

Stolen gas cards prompts new OEM safety measures


A Nashville's News 2 Investigation prompted immediate changes at the Office of Emergency Management after a former volunteer was indicted on 15 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Before being terminated, Michael Taylor had access to an OEM facility full of city equipment, vehicles and credit cards used for gas.  

"He did have access into our building like any other volunteer," OEM Chief Charles Shannon said. "As chief officer I am responsible and I will take the responsibility of correcting it. It was heartbreaking they were among us. We had a bad apple, it has tarnished the reputation of some really good people."

Documents show the 41-year-old man stole the credit cards for personal use for three years.

Shannon told Nashville's News 2 Investigates since Taylor's arrest, he immediately implemented significant security changes which became effective immediately.
Among the changes include all volunteers must check in with a new manager who has been hired in part to oversee volunteers and new card swipe devices have been installed at all doors.

"One of the managers will issue the gas card for that vehicle and that vehicle only," Shannon said.

Sources told Nashville's News 2 Investigates Taylor has implicated himself in the crime.

The investigation also involves a fire department employee who has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. It remains unclear how Taylor gained access to the credit cards' pin numbers.

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