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Firefighter union embezzlement tops $120,000, warrant states

The ongoing embezzlement investigation allegedly committed by the former treasurer of the Salt Lake City Firefighters union has uncovered more than $120,000 in forged checks, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.
The ongoing embezzlement investigation allegedly committed by the former treasurer of the Salt Lake City Firefighters union has uncovered more than $120,000 in forged checks, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The ongoing embezzlement investigation allegedly committed by the former treasurer of the Salt Lake City Firefighters union has uncovered more than $120,000 in forged checks, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.

Joshua Diamond was the treasurer for the Salt Lake City Firefighters Union Local 81 from January of 2011 until April 18, 2016. He resigned after an audit of the union's account "found multiple discrepancies" and that "for the past three years it has been discovered that Joshua Diamond had been forging checks that were made payable to himself for reimbursements he was not entitled to," according to a search warrant unsealed Tuesday in 3rd District Court.

In May, the Deseret News reported that approximately $37,000 in union funds had been embezzled. But according to the new affidavit, the current union president "has discovered at least 45 forged checks so far and dozens of cashier checks, with a sum of $120,114.98."

Investigators also learned that "there was a direct account to account transfer from a CD (savings account) belonging to the Salt Lake City Firefighters Union Local 81 to an account at the Firefighters Credit Union belonging to Joshua Diamond" of $7,500 on July 30, 2014.

No criminal charges have been filed against Diamond in connection with the embezzlement investigation.

When confronted with the allegations in April, Diamond told his superiors, “Let’s stop beating around the bush. … I have become the person I hate, a thief," the warrant states.

Diamond claimed he started taking money to pay family medical expenses and had intended to pay back the funds he took, according to the warrant.