From Fox 6:
A criminal complaint filed in this case indicates it was back in June of 2014 when Racine County sheriff’s investigators were looking into allegations of long-term misappropriation of Town of Waterford funds by Bluhm — who was the chief of the Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department.
It was reported by “several persons with access to financial (fire department) records” that Bluhm was using fire department funds for personal use.
In December 2014, a forensic audit was authorized. The audit began in January 2015, and was completed in May.
In early May 2015, the complaint indicates an investigator met with the forensic auditor, and learned of an “extensive list” of fraudulent transactions made by Bluhm.
In July 2015, Bluhm admitted to the following instances of misappropriation, according to the complaint:
- Aug. 13, 2013: $6,347.75 paid to Lois Tire Shop
- Sept. 10, 2013: $2,830.58 paid to Lois Tire Shop
- Feb. 18, 2014: $1,734.24 paid to Lois Tire Shop
- July 29, 2014: $713.26 paid to Lois Tire Shop
- Aug. 20, 2014: $568.65 paid to Lois Tire Shop
The complaint indicates some of the money paid to Lois Tire Shop via Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department checks was for service/repairs for Bluhm’s personal vehicle.
Additionally, the complaint indicates Bluhm is accused of using Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department money to purchase accessories for his personal vehicle, including:
- $200 for strobe lights on July 22, 2013
- $250 for “Apollos” installed on his vehicle on Aug. 21, 2013
- $410 for “Tichigan FD” installed on his vehicle on March 25
These payments were made to PRV Upfitters via PayPal — and the complaint indicates the payments were made with a Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department credit card.
Bluhm is accused of using Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department money to pay for personal cell phones, according to the complaint:
- Dec. 6, 2010: $424.87
- July 19, 2011: $219.02
- Sept. 27, 2011: $217.93
- Nov. 21, 2011: $334.85
- June 12, 2012: $258.96
- Dec. 26, 2012: $501.68
- April 23, 2013: $587.30
- Sept. 10, 2013: $426.54
- Feb. 4, 2014: $621.25
- May 31, 2014: $943.49
- Sept. 9, 2014: $650
Bluhm is accused of using Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department money to make the following purchases from Emergency Medical Products — purchases that were converted to personal use, according to the complaint:
- Jan. 7, 2013: $66.45
- Feb. 19, 2013: $55.25
- Feb. 25, 2013: $165.75
- June 7, 2013: $63.30
- Jan. 2, 2014: $179.40
The complaint indicates $455.08 was paid using a Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department debit card for hotel rooms in Michigan, booked via Hotels.com. Bluhm admitted this was a family vacation — and not work-related, according to the complaint.
Bluhm is accused of making several purchases to fill personal vehicles with gasoline from January 2014 through October 2014 — totaling more than $3,000.
The complaint makes reference to the following fraudulent reimbursement requests paid by the Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department:
- $309.66 on May 19, 2013: The item purchased was not located within Fire Department inventory, and the complaint indicates Bluhm had converted this item for personal use
- $304.25 on June 11, 2013: The complaint indicates a check from the Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department was cashed by Bluhm.
- $485.10 on Sept. 30, 2013: The money was paid for boarding for an EMS conference, and the complaint indicates Bluhm had been previously reimbursed for this expense.
- $760 on Aug. 18, 2014: The money was paid to Bluhm for four admissions to the Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin Conference — and the complaint indicates $760 was paid via a Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department debit card.
The complaint indicates the following purchases were made by Bluhm from Somar Tek, LLC. using Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department funds:
- June 9, 2009: $189.95
- March 12, 2013: $900.86
- June 7, 2013: $115.98
- May 30, 2014: $1,302.99
The items purchased were converted to personal use by Bluhm, the complaint alleges.
This isn’t the first time Bluhm has found himself in the hot seat. In 2005, FOX6 News reported Bluhm was accused of stealing a Jack Daniels dartboard holder from the scene of a warehouse fire. At the time, he was deputy fire chief in Big Bend/Vernon.
Investigators believe he lied to authorities twice about the alleged theft.
While The JT reports:
TICHIGAN — The former Tichigan fire chief accused of embezzling more than $20,000 from the fire company between 2010 and 2014 was sentenced to a two years probation. Conditions of Bluhm’s probation include a mandatory 10 days jail time and 40 hours of community service per year for a total of 80 hours. The probation sentences will be served concurrently.
The five-month long forensic audit uncovered numerous incidents totaling $20,547.02, in which Bluhm used Fire Company funds for personal purposes, including auto repairs and gas for Bluhm’s personal vehicle, personal cell phone bills and a hotel bill for a vacation taken by Bluhm’s family.
Bluhm is currently the director of the emergency services unit at Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab, 1701 Sharp Road, in Dover.
Crime PAYS In Racine County, if you are White and politically connected! White – washing is REAL!
Had Todd Bluhm been Black, not politically connected, and living in the City of Racine, he would have been a Felon for life, incarcerated for years, and unable to find work. Todd Bluhm is further living proof that crime pays for those who can exercise their political White privilege, and that the corrupt Courts and Prosecutors in Racine County will keep it that way.
Trish already assisted WI Governor Scott Walker appointed former Racine County DA Rich Chiapete and his wife Jennifer in hiding their crimes – so why not yet another public official? It is a Pattern and Practice in Racine County – seen again and again. How much more obvious does it have to be before real and meaningful change occurs in the rogue and criminal State of WI? The working People are forced to pay and pay, while malfeasant, capricious, and criminal public officials continue to LOOT them while the Prison Industry of WI continue to expand by incarcerating People of Color, Drunks, and Drug Law Offenders!