Spencer Allen Craig

Spencer Allen Craig

A Victoria firefighter is on administrative leave after he was arrested by U.S. Marshal Service officers this week on felony fraud charges, according to federal and city officials on Saturday.

On Thursday, Spencer Allen Craig, 41, of Rockport, was arrested at 8:45 a.m. on a warrant charging him with securities fraud valued at less than $10,000; misapplication of fiduciary property valued at $2,500 — $30,000; and enhanced theft from a person, according to jail records.

On Saturday, Max Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Craig was employed as a firefighter with the City of Victoria when he was arrested.

Hernandez declined to answer further questions about the case until Monday.

Victoria Fire Chief Tracy Fox said city officials were aware of the arrest. In accordance with city policy, Craig has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

“We conduct an internal investigation for any arrest of a firefighter,” Fox said in a text on Saturday.

Fox deferred questions about the duration of Craig’s employment to the city’s communications and human resources department. A city spokesperson could not be reached Saturday.

It is not clear how long Craig has been with the Victoria Fire Department or whether he had any disciplinary issues with the department during his tenure.

The warrant originates from Montgomery County, north of Houston.

Craig was booked into the Victoria County Jail. As of Saturday, he bonded out of jail, according to jail officials.

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Chase covers breaking news, crime and courts for the Advocate. He can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or at @chasedrogers.

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Chase writes about crime and courts for the Victoria Advocate. He grew up in the Dallas–Fort Worth area before attending Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism.

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