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Thieving Fire Chief Pleads Guilty to Five Felonies

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 Local Officials Shocked by Extent of Thefts

A FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER WHO was also the fire chief of the volunteer fire department pleaded quilty to five felony counts Wednesday related to his plundering of more than $293,000 from the fire department.

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This past November Firegeezer reported HERE on the 9-count indictment handed down against former Autauga County Commissioner Danny Chavers   They were:

 * One count of intentionally using his official position as chief of the Autaugaville VFD for illegal personal gain of currency or checks,

* One count of first-degree theft by deception and one count of first-degree theft by unauthorized control of funds from the Autauga County Commission that were in possession of the Autaugaville VFD,

* One count of first-degree theft by deception andone count of first-degree theft by unauthorized control of funds from the State of Alabama which were in possession of the Midsouth Resource Conservation and Development Council,

* One count of intentionally using his official position as head of Autaugaville Water Works for illegal personal gain of currency or checks,

* One count of first-degree theft by deception and one count of first-degree theft by unauthorized control of funds from the Autauga County Commission, and

* One count of use of his official position as head of Autaugaville Water Works for illegal personal gain for the use of cellular telephones. The charges referenced in the above indictment are of alleged activities regarding Chavers’ positions with the Autaugaville VFD and Water Works.

The Montgomery Advertiser is reporting this morning:

Chavers, who was AVFD chief for several years and the town’s water department director for more than two decades, entered a guilty plea before Judge John Bush in Autauga County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two counts of using his official position for personal gain and three counts of first-degree theft. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office into allegations of improprieties within the fire department’s finances.

Bill Lisenby, lead prosecutor for the AG’s office, said Chavers used his position as fire chief to convert “approximately $240,000” in AVFD funds to his personal use, that he submitted false documentation to obtain a $4,800 grant from Midsouth Resource Conservation and Development Council and that he used his position with the town to obtain two checks (a total of $49,000) from the county.

The grant money and county funds were used, as was the fire department money, for “personal purchases,” Lisenby said before relating a list that included expenditures to Victoria’s Secret, restaurants, sporting goods stores, an online gambling site and from the state of Florida.

He is scheduled for sentencing on May 14.

Read the entire article HERE.

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  • Just_sayin

    Jail time looks good on you.