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FITSNews Exclusive – Giuliani First Responder Chairman Has Prior Indictment August 31, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.

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FITSNews – August 31, 2007 – One of GOP presidential contender Rudy Giuliani‘s newly-minted national First Responders’ Chairmen was indicted fifteen years ago by a Lexington County, S.C. grand jury for “breach of trust” related to financial irregularities at the State Fire Academy. James A. Bowie of Irmo, S.C., served as the director of the State Fire Academy prior to taking a job in 1996 with the S.C. Firefighters Association, where he is currently employed. Bowie was announced this Tuesday as one of three co-chairmen of Giuliani’s National First Responders’ Coalition.

The 1992 indictment, reported on at the time by The State newspaper, alleged that Bowie cashed a check for $2,975 that was intended to pay for firefighter training and instead deposited the money into a personal account. From the newspaper’s October 30, 1992 report:

An indictment charging the state Fire Academy’s director with pocketing money intended to pay for fire training is part of a larger pattern of abuse and mismanagement … The state auditor and the State Law Enforcement Division also are reviewing other irregularities at the academy dating to 1986 for possible violations of state law or procedures. A Lexington County grand jury on Monday indicted academy Director James W. Bowie of Irmo on one count of breach of trust.

Stay tuned to FITSNews for more on this developing story …



1. schotline - August 31, 2007

Early prediction: Giuliani vs. Clinton period. VP, who know, not sharp enough to even guess on that? ~Jeffrey Sewell

2. conroy - August 31, 2007

Uh oh. Better dump this guy fast, Rudy. Sic’s only got part of his story. Bowie’s closet has enough skeletons in it to fill Arlington.

3. IRS to investigate S.C. firefighter group for involvement in Giuliani campaign? » The Palmetto Scoop - September 4, 2007

[…] time that Bowie has come under fire for allegedly crooked activities. The popular blog FITSNews broke the story last week that Bowie “was indicted fifteen years ago by a Lexington County, S.C. grand jury […]

4. LOL - September 20, 2007

I heard Bowie was fired as Executive Director from SC Firefighters Association yesterday!

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