Former EMS head’s trial set
MANCHESTER – Trial is set to start in September in the case of former Amherst Emergency Medical Services director Brian Gleason, who is facing a felony theft charge for allegedly using a town credit card for personal purchases over a period of two years.
Gleason, 54, of 8 Tyler Drive in Goffstown, was indicted in December 2014 on the single count of theft by unauthorized taking. According to the indictment, Gleason "did obtain or exercise unauthorized control over the property of another … when he used a Town of Amherst credit card to purchase unauthorized items for personal use."
Gleason’s trial is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 14, with jury selection, according to documents filed in the Manchester court. The selection process typically takes 1-2 days, followed by lawyers’ opening statements.
Gleason, who resigned as EMS director in early August 2014, wasn’t tied to any wrongdoing until several months later, town officials said at the time.
Suspicions were first
raised in November 2014, when a review of town affairs revealed "things that didn’t look to be in order," Board of Selectmen chairman Dwight Brew said at the time.
S e l e c t m e n turned over their findings to police, who launched an investigation that led to Gleason’s indictment.
The EMS director position has remained vacant since Gleason’s resignation. Matt Conley, a veteran firefighter who was named Fire Chief in mid- June after serving in an acting capacity for more than a year, has also been serving as acting EMS director since Gleason’s departure.
Gleason has been free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail since he was charged. He is ordered to have no contact with any town EMS personnel, except in the case of an emergency, according to documents.
The nature of the purchases Gleason allegedly made with the town credit card aren’t specified, but the indictment states they occurred between July 2011 and July 2013 and totaled in excess of $1,500.
The charge, a Class A felony, is punishable by a term of 7-15 years in State Prison and up to a $4,000 fine.
Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443.