On the same day that a former secretary of the Killeen Professional Fire Fighters’ Association was arrested, the former treasurer was arrested, too.
Keven Tennison, a former Killeen firefighter, was charged with theft of property $20,000 or more but less than $100,000. He was booked into the Bell County Jail on Thursday, but posted his $75,000 bond later that day and was released, according to Bell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chuck Cox.
Tennison, 48, told police he used about $50,000 of funds to make personal purchases.
On March 26, 2014, the Killeen Police Department received a report from the Killeen Professional Fire Fighters’ Association that said Tennison used association funds for personal purchases.
Jefferey Ferrell, the organization’s president, gave KPD financial records that related to the association’s funds from April 2010 to February 2014. While going over those documents, detectives identified “numerous suspicious charges that didn’t appear to be related to KPFFA business,” according to the affidavit.
On May 29, 2014, Tennison made a voluntary appearance at KPD headquarters and told officers that from 2009 to February 2014, he used association funds to make personal purchases and pay personal debts, according to the affidavit.
KPD Detective Frank Plowick said that at one point, Tennison was roommates with Robert Arredondo, the secretary of the association who was arrested last Thursday on a charge of using the association’s credit card to make nearly $5,000 worth of personal purchases.
“The two cases are connected,” Plowick said Tuesday.
Both firefighters were longtime employees. Tennison resigned from his job with the department on March 24, 2014, and had been a Killeen firefighter for 19 years, according to city spokeswoman Hilary Shine. Arredondo was placed on administrative leave last Thursday. He first began employment on March 26, 2000. Arredondo also posted his bond, which was $50,000.
Killeen Fire Chief Brian Brank didn’t have much to say about the incident, except that the money stolen was a “private matter” between the association. “This has nothing to do with the city of Killeen,” he said in a phone call Tuesday. “There were no public funds that were stolen.”
Plowick said that the reason it took so long for an arrest to be made was that there were not very many financial records that detailed the association’s spending. Plowick said investigators had to subpoena information from banks and other financial institutions.
“It’s a complex financial investigation, and we had to go through multiple levels and completely reconstruct financial records,” he said. ”We went through layer upon layer, and found things that they didn’t ask for along the way.”
Plowick said the investigation did not turn anything else suspicious along the way.