The former fire chief of the West Side Volunteer Fire Department pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he embezzled $750 from the firefighters' fund.

William Joe Black, who formed the rural volunteer fire department outside Asheboro, will appear today in Randolph Superior Court before Judge Russell Walker for sentencing.Black pleaded guilty Monday to one count of common law forgery, a misdemeanor charge, after reaching a plea bargaining arrangement with the district attorney's office.

The arrangement called for dismissing six counts of obtaining property by false pretense against Black if he pleaded guilty to common law forgery.

Black, 55, was accused in 1988 of embezzling $750 from the firefighters' fund, which the department uses for equipment, gifts or aid to ailing firefighters. Black has repaid the $750, fire officials said.

Under the arrangement, Black will receive a suspended sentence and be ordered by the state to pay restitution to the West Side Fire Department, Walker said.

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