Northwest Arizona fire district chief, board members indicted

The interim chief and two governing board members of a north Kingman, Arizona, fire district were indicted on felony charges of conflict of interest and misuse of public monies.

A Mohave County grand jury on Thursday indicted Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board members Vic Riccardi and Sue Wilkin and interim Chief Wayne Eder. Each has been directed to appear for arraignment July 17.

The county attorney’s office has confirmed the charges involve Eder’s award of a fire district truck repair job to Riccardi’s auto shop without the full board’s knowledge or approval. This occurred while Eder was applying for promotion to chief.

Wilkin allegedly served as the courier delivering an invoice to the district office and the $1,357 check for the work to Riccardi.

The defendants declined to comment.

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