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Former Fire Chief Accused Of Stealing $643,000

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David MacBean (credit: Jeffco DA)

David MacBean (credit: Jeffco DA)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- The former Fire Chief of the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has been indicted in a theft case. David MacBean has been accused of stealing $643,000 from the district.

The Jefferson County Grand Jury returned a six-count indictment that accuses MacBean, 41, of stealing public funds from the district. Those include three counts of theft of $20,000 or more and three counts of embezzlement of public property.

Between January 2010 and March of this year MacBean is believed to have used the district’s credit card and bank account for unauthorized purchases. The indictments state those purchases were for personal use.

He allegedly made those purchases through PayPal, Amazon.com, Big R and other retail merchants.

The investigation was triggered in January by the district’s audit during a transfer of responsibilities to a new district treasurer. The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District identified discrepancies in purchases that were not supported by documentation.

The District Attorney’s office began their investigation in March and that evidence was presented to the grand jury. The indictment was signed by the court on Tuesday.

MacBean was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Detention Center on Wednesday. He is being held on a $40,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 2.

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