"Moving Out So That Others Can Move Up…."
THE FORMER SPRINGHILL, LOUISIANA Fire Chief David Camp, 47, plead guilty Tuesday to charges of "unauthorized use of an acess device over $5,000" in an apparent plea deal.
He was immediately sentenced to three years of parish time; however, all but six months was suspended. After his release, Camp will be on active supervised probation for three years. He also must put in 150 hours of community service and submit to counseling.
Camp previously made restitution of more than $13,000.
Webster Parish sheriff’s investigators began an investigation earlier this year after several fire district board members caught discrepancies in the district’s finances. Among the questionable expenses were gasoline and personal items charged on two of the fire district’s credit cards. Other financial concerns were outlined in an annual audit.
KTBS-TV Ch. 3 Shreveport reported in this video that also includes an interview with the new fire chief:
According to the Webster Parish District Attorney’s Office, Camp has already made full restitution.
The former District 11 fire chief resigned from the department in February, after allegations surfaced of illegal spending practices – using public funds for private use and unauthorized purchases. Roughly two months later Camp was ousted by the Webster Parish Police Jury from the parish’s E-911 board.
Camp’s criminal woes come on the heels of the arrests of now-former fire officials in the neighboring town of Cotton Valley – James Dennis Meshell and Adam Hurley, whose cases are pending in Webster Parish District Court.
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