A former East Texas fire chief was arrested Thursday after being indicted on a charge related to internal theft.

James Wilson Burks, 44, was booked into the Upshur County Jail on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property over $30,000, according to information released by Sheriff Larry Webb’s office. His bond was set at $50,000.

The case involving Burks, the former chief of East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, was presented to a grand jury this past Friday. He was later indicted.

The case stems from a May report about an internal theft of property valued at more than $30,000, according to Webb. He did not give more details about the property.

From Staff Reports