Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the arrest of a Spring Valley Volunteer Firefighter who, while serving in the capacity as treasurer, stole $37,932 in total from the Spring Valley Fire Department. Christopher Nau was the Treasurer for the Columbian Engine Company and served as the Assistant Treasurer for the Spring Valley Fire Department. Nau has been indicted on four counts of Grand Larceny 3rd, and one count of Attempted Grand Larceny 3rd related to the misuse of the role in each organization.
In June of 2020 the Spring Valley Fire Department elected a new Chief of the Department, who appointed a new Treasurer and began a full audit of the department. After finding questionable transactions and discrepancies in the treasurer reports, the department would bring their findings to authorities. The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office began a thorough investigation starting in the fall of 2020 that analyzed transactions related to various department accounts dating from January 3, 2016 up until February 2021 that Nau oversaw in his role as Treasurer and assistant treasurer, respectively. In total, $32,033 was taken from the Spring Valley Fire Department and $5,899 from the Columbian Engine Company. Any funds that were donated to the Spring Valley Fire Department and Columbian Engine Co. related to the tragic death of firefighter Jared Lloyd in March of 2021 were untouched and not related to the criminal investigation. Nau was removed from both treasurer positions and suspended by the department on August 20, 2020.
It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.