David W. Garmoe, 54, of Glen Ellyn is facing multiple charges for from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company.
Garmoe appeared in court at bond hearing at the DuPage County Courthouse where the judge set his bond at $500,000 with the condition that he turn over his passport to the Glen Ellyn Police Department and that he stay away from the premises of the Glen Ellyn fire department.
Matthew Sperry, Garmoe's attorney, recommended that his client's bail be set at $260,000, citing that Garmoe and his family are "well-entrenched" in the community and that "he is no longer in a position to cause any further threat."
The prosecution disagreed and described Garmoe as a man who had a "darker side" as the main operator of the theft that includes more than 87 transactions, which the prosecution says he used to help support his private business, Fireground Supply, in West Chicago and for personal gain.
According to the prosecution, when investigators first approached Garmoe at his home to question him about the fraud they noticed a new driveway and questioned him about it. Garmoe then stated 'that's where one of the checks went.' The prosecution used this anecdote to help set his bail at $500,000 as opposed to the defense's recommendation of $260,000. Garmoe's wife, son and daughter-in-law were all in court today and it's unclear at this time if Garmoe will be able to post bail. Garmoe's next court date has been set for June 6 at 9 a.m. in court room 4010.