Former Deputy Steve Gray accused of stealing from organization - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Former Fayette Deputy Steve Gray accused of stealing from organization

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: One lane of Route 20 near Hinton is back open

    BREAKING: Route 20 in Hinton blocked by rockslide

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:39:43 GMT
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.The road was closed at around 8:40 a.m. after rocks tumbled into the roadway.  Route 20 is closed
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.
  • 1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:38:55 GMT
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County. Historians say the structure is the old Mullins School and believe it's hundreds of years
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County.
  • Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:06:19 GMT
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside

UPDATE:

According to Sheriff Steve Kessler with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Steve Gray took money from on organization raising money for a boy with cancer.  59News is working for viewers to learn more.

Former Fayette County Deputy Steven Gray along with 3 other Sheriffs Deputies own a business called New River Tactical. They are a private organization that teaches concealed weapons classes and holds training workshops. Gray approached his business partners to hold a fundraiser to raise money for a Fayette County child sick with cancer. This was in the spring and they were able to raise $1,000.  But just last week, the $1,000 raised was unaccounted for his partners began to ask questions.

"There was a fundraiser help by our business for a family in the spring and folks were concerned they had not received the monies that were raised for them. So I inquired about it and it was determined they had not received the money," Nick Mooney, business partner with New River Tactical.

Even though the Sheriff's Department played no role in the ordeal, Sheriff Steve Kessler said Gary admitted his dishonesty to him. The Sheriff said he had no choice but to ask for Grays resignation.

"When this occurs it a little bit demoralizes everybody because the public looks at were are supposed to be held at a higher standard and when something like this happens sometime the public trust, but I assure the public it was not the Fayette County Sheriff's Department but it was a member of the Department," Sheriff Kessler said.

As for Gray's business partners they are going through an internal audit to ensure nothing else was taken.

"We want folks to know that we are an honest business we've got nothing to hide and we would never do anything that would be detrimental to our business or our community because this is where we grew up we want to make sure everything is out in the open and all wrongs are righted," Mooney said.

It will be the decision of the business partners whether or not to press charges against Gray.


According to Sheriff Steve Kessler with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Steve Gray took money from on organization raising money for a boy with cancer.

Gray has worked with the Fayette County Sheriff's Officer for 17 years.  According to Sheriff Kessler, Gray stole money from the New River Tactical Organization which was helping to raise money for a little boy with cancer.  Sheriff Kessler said he has since paid them back.

After the incident Sheriff Kessler gave Deputy Gray the opportunity to quit or he would be fired. Whether or not charges will be filed is up to the Deputy Sheriff's Association. The story is being investigated and we have a reporter working on getting the details right now.