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“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.

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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.

Read the entire ARTICLE HERE.

Thanks to Mark Donovan

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  • mr618

    Our department (also in Maine) uses a commercial filling station — not a gas station per se, but pumps at the wholesaler’s lot — with a Gasboy system. Each vehicle has a pump key, programmed for diesel or gas. In order to fill a vehicle, one must insert the key, enter employee number (in our case, radio call sign), and the odometer reading from the vehicle. If the odometer is off or outside limits set by the distributor (in cooperation with the chief), the pump won’t turn on. We had to set weird limits, because obviously our trucks spend hours idling and only a few minutes moving, which screws up the “average” pump programming.
    There are other systems where, for example, each vehicle has a mag stripe card and each operator has a card. The operator swipes both cards — tying the operator to the transaction — enters the odometer and a PIN.
    Neither system is foolproof, of course, but they both reduce the temptation for easy theft.