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Monarch fire chief suspended without pay after allegedly stealing from previous employer

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Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV Monarch Fire Chief Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using a company money from his previous employer for personal expenses. Credit: KMOV
WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

The chief of the Monarch Fire Department has been charged with several counts of theft and as a result, has been suspended without pay. 

Wayne Marsonette, 46, is accused of using money from a different employer on personal expenses.

Marsonette worked for Reliant Care Management Company from 2010 until 2014 and also worked as a pilot for Big Blessing LLC. He allegedly used company credit cards for personal expenses, such as meals, firearms, and for trips.

Prosecutors said Marsonette received a $160 cell phone stipend as part of his job. He allegedly charged his cell phone bill to the company credit card and pocketed the money.

During his work as a pilot, Marsonette was allowed to use a company aircraft for lessons. He is accused of not reimbursing the company for the flight time and plane use.

A concerned citizen named Jeff Edwards told News 4 he would see Marsonette at the Creve Coeur Airport and would see a fire battalion chief's truck parked there too.

Edwards said he notified the Monarch Fire Board of his concerns in 2015 but said officials brushed them off.

Marsonette is paid almost $160,000 a year as chief.

Rick Gans, President of the Monarch Fire Board told News 4 that he was not aware of Marsonette working at his secondary job while acting as fire chief. But Gans said the boards was aware of his secondary job when they hired him in 2014.

Marsonette has been suspended without pay, officials said Wednesday. The board voted for a full audit to be done of Monarch expenditures to see if he stole any funds.

“It's my expectation that a forensic auditor will dig deeper into specific expenses, will look at credit card expenditures,” said Gans.

Residents said they are pleased that an audit will be done but some want the board to go a step further.

“Set up an oversight committee composed of citizens, composed of people from the union, people from the board so that when the audit does come out we can review the results and they are not going to be hidden and brushed under the table,” said Marlyn Flauter, resident in the Monarch District.

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