Volunteer firefighter accused of falsifying Army deployment orders

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Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas has announced the arrest of a Levittown man for submitting falsified Army deployment orders to the Levittown Fire Department.

Raymond Nicholson III is a customs and border patrol agent at JFK Airport and a volunteer firefighter in the Levittown Fire Department.

According to Singas, Nicholson III, 34, fabricated military orders so he could receive pension credits afforded to volunteer firemen without putting in the required work.

Officials say in February 2016 and February 2017 Nicholson submitted two falsified orders to the Levittown Fire Department, which said he had been called to active duty with the Army.

A routine audit from the fire department brought attention to Nicholson's military orders, officials say. Fire officials then contacted the Army, which confirmed that the defendant was not called to active duty on those dates.

Nicholson was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of offering a false instrument for filing. He has resigned from the fire department.

Nicholson was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 25. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 2 1/3 years to seven years in prison.

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