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Man accused of stealing cash from firefighter association

James Rupard of Laurinburg is charged with 71 counts of embezzlement and five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

A North Carolina businessman is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the Scotland County Firefighters Association.

James Rupard of Laurinburg is charged with 71 counts of embezzlement and five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

A public information officer with the North Carolina Department of Justice says the charges stem from a year-long investigation.

A judge has set Rupard's bond at $75,000.

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