Brockport residents react to charges against volunteer lieutenant

Created: 08/21/2014 11:55 PM WHEC.com

The U.S. Attorney says Steven Ray, a man who wears the Brockport Fire Department uniform as a volunteer lieutenant, is also the man who stands accused of fraudulently depositing checks that didn’t belong to him into his bank account.

“It absolutely shocks me,” said Brockport resident Maralynn Powell.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says Ray, a 48-year-old Brockport resident, is accused of several federal charges including mail fraud, stealing money and mail and forging signatures on treasury checks.

The attorney general says Ray is on the hook for 128 checks which total almost $400,000.

Ray owns the C&C Deli in Gates and volunteers with Brockport Fire. Some village residents say he should step down from the Fire Department.

“I really think that it’s something that should be looked into further and he should be on suspension or step down,” Maralynn Powell said.

Her daughter Jillian Powell said, “It would be the respectable thing to do.”

The Fire Chief did not want to speak on camera, but told us the village attorney is looking at Ray’s membership. He says until there is a conviction, there may be nothing the fire department can do.

“As a community volunteer I think he has put his best foot forward for the community and I think the media should focus on him as an individual and what he has done and leave the fire department out of it,” said former Deputy Mayor Christopher Martin.

We’re told Ray has volunteered with the fire department for six years. If he is convicted of the federal charges against him, he could face 20 years behind bars.

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