Derrick Daniels: Former West Palm Beach firefighter arrested on bribery charges

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A former West Palm Beach firefighter has been arrested and charged with bribery, fraud and grand theft.

West Palm Beach police say that Derrick Daniels held the rank of battalion chief and was assigned as the fire marshal for the city of West Palm Beach.

Daniels, according to his arrest report, was responsible for conducting fire-related code enforcement, inspections, plan reviews, fire investigations, permits and licenses.

Investigators say that Daniels conducted fire inspections at various businesses in West Palm Beach and had asked for checks made payable to him.

West Palm Beach Fire officials say that their department does not require the public to compensate the fire marshal for conducting a "Fire Watch'.

Fire officials says that since Daniels was a battalion chief he was not eligible for overtime fees.

Fire inspectors can charge businesses $50 an hour for overtime for inspections, however that information has to be documented on a time sheet and the entity is then billed for the services.

Daniels, according to the city, resigned from the fire department after he learned that he was under investigation.

Daniels was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

He made his first appearance Thursday morning at Gun Club Road before a Palm Beach County Judge.

 

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