Editor’s note: Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock worked at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company until July 12th, 2018. She volunteered there for seven years as an Emergency Medical Technician. She was suspended in early June. The board of the fire department, after a vote by the fire company, terminated Bullock after she had come forward about her discovery of financial improprieties stemming from Patrick Miller and had gone public. Miller has seven relatives as members of the fire company. Today, Bullock sent an email to every single legislator in the state along with Governor Carney, Attorney General Matt Denn, State Treasurer Ken Simpler and the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission.
I am asking that the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company be looked into for fraud, abuse of authority and abuse of public trust. It has been found by myself and the treasurer that the President Patrick Miller has been doing the above. There is such a dictatorship at the company that the members are afraid to speak up and take action. This is what the treasurer sent to the fire chief after the vice president would not take action against the president and suspend him until an investigation was complete.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Michael Eisenhauer” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “‘Steven Deery'” <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM
Subject: SCBA grant
It appears that FEMA intends to fund our grant. I had to fill out paperwork for the bank to be aware of direct deposit of funds from FEMA. Mike Penzotti called me and said that this is the process when they decide to fund grants. My concern is this. The Delaware Congressional Team will get involved and if we have issues that they become aware of I think we can kiss the grant goodbye. There is one single issue that should have resulted in the suspension of the president. He has been getting the News Journal since 2012and having it paid on the Credit Card. He gets on the computer and inputs “News Journal (or Newspaper) Electronic version”, $15.00 and now it is $22.00 a month. A member asked me for the password to read the paper but I don’t have it so I went to find it. IRVFC does not have a subscription to the News Journal. What the Company has been paying for since 2012, is for the Sunday print edition of the News Journal delivered to Patrick Miller. (editor’s note: I took out Mr. Miller’s home address and phone #.) For the past 90 months the president for the most part has been falsifying company records for his personal gain. I have documented a persistent pattern of abuse of authority and dishonesty on behalf of the President of Indian Rive Volunteer Fire Company. I tested Mario Street and he took the information to Patrick and after that I quit communicating with Mario. Mario made a serious error by using his position at SUSCOM to get at BJ and he well feel more than just the heat in the near future.
Now, it is up to you Steven.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
This letter shows just one thing that is happening. This is just the TIP of the iceberg After the treasurer and myself started to investigate we uncovered a substantial amount of misappropriated funds from Patrick Miller .
We all know how much the volunteer fire companies in the state receives from state and county funding. This is tax payers money and I feel that there needs to be more accountability within the fire companies to stop fraud.
There are many other organizations that could use this funding if the fire companies are going to lie cheat and steal.
I can say that the other fire companies that have found fraud stepped up and took action against the abuser, this is not the case for Indian River because Patrick Miller controls everything within the company. Just like he did when he was the CFO at the Indian River School District. He is still the same person and nothing has change and as you can see he has been abusing his trust at the fire company for a very long time.
To this day nothing has been done and Patrick Miller has been able to continue to do the above mentioned actions to now include trying to hide what he has done. The financial oversight committee did request the state to do an investigation and Patrick Miller stopped that from happening. At this point I think it is going to take the state to step in and take action to resolve this issue and bring trust back to the company and community.
Thank you for your time in this serious matter,
Billie Jo Bullock
Editor’s note: Wow! Patrick Miller is at it again. Not a state secret. I’ve written about this before. The problem is he keeps getting away with it. At this point, I can only surmise that if he goes down he will take a ton of people down with him. Including Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. Even though I’ve made Carney and Delaware aware of her knowledge of his theft in Indian River School District, they are ignoring it. They don’t know what to do with it. So they continue to act like a deer in a headlight. Meanwhile, the rampant theft continues. I believe the State Auditor’s office already has a lot of the information Bullock references. But according to Miller, there is no investigation going on. The Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission has yet to act on any of this. Their next board meeting is next Tuesday but they don’t have an agenda for their meeting. Which breaks FOIA law because that has to be put up on their website or on the Delaware Public Meeting calendar seven days before their meeting. I would file a FOIA complaint but how many times can I do that with no accountability? Sigh…
I would like to give immense praise and gratitude to Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock to stand tall in the face of this. It takes a very courageous person to come forward and do what is right. As a result, she was terminated. That is retaliation. That is illegal. And it isn’t the first time this happened with Miller. He is a walking, talking, and breathing menace to Delaware. We have too many scumbags like that in this state. I know some legislators did respond to Bullock and she gives her thanks.
We stand at a crossroads in Delaware. We the people can no longer ignore the shenanigans going on here. It is time to call people out, loudly and publicly. Whether it is personal or in the public’s right to know, things MUST change. Our state government is doing nothing. I have many ideas on how to really change things. I would love to hear your thoughts. There will be more on this soon.