“Moving Out So That Others Can Move Up….”
THE NOW-FORMER FIRE CHIEF of Sangerville, Maine, pleaded guilty to using town money to fill the gas tank in his personal vehicle, according to Christopher Almy, district attorney for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. The violations took place scores of times over several years. Bangor Daily News is reporting:
Charles “Chuck” Beane pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom Aug. 18, Almy said.
Under a deferred disposition agreement, Beane will be required to pay nearly $1,700 in restitution to the town and a $2,000 fine. If he meets those terms, his conviction will be downgraded to a Class D misdemeanor charge. If he doesn’t pay the restitution and fine, he will stand convicted of the felony and be sentenced by a judge, according to Almy.
Almy said Beane worked with the department for more than 20 years and said he had used cards meant to pay for gas for the fire department’s vehicles to fill the tanks of personal vehicles.
Almy said it was “hard to say” how much this cost the town over the years but said the restitution amount was the closest investigators came to the figure.
Sangerville Fire Department
Beane resigned his post of fire chief back in February citing “health and personal reasons.” This was after he became aware that his misappropriations were being looked into. Also from BDN Maine:
While he was out of work recovering from his broken leg, the town received an unusually hefty gas bill and went to the local gas station to check security tapes, according to Pearson. They matched the time stamp on the security footage with the time of questionable gas purchases and saw Beane filling up his own vehicle’s tank and using the town’s card to pay for it.
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