The chief and assistant chief of a volunteer fire company in Atlantic County have been charged with official misconduct and theft after using department money to set up unauthorized accounts at an auto parts shop, authorities said.

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Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jay Davenport II and Assistant Chief Craig Paxton are also charged with conspiracy, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.

Both created accounts at NAPA Auto Parts, using fire company money and its exempt status, officials said.

Investigators from the prosecutor’s office and Hamilton police executed a search warrant at the fire house on Tuesday.

The men, both 38, were issued summonses and released. They are scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.

On Tuesday, Hamilton officials announced that the fire company had been been “administratively closed” and that its coverage area will be handled by neighboring departments while a criminal investigation took place.

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