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    Former Volunteer Fire Chief Sentenced to 8Y Prison for Embezzlement

    David Roy MacBean, 42, was sentenced today to eight years in prison, plus five years of parole, for stealing over $600,000 from the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District during the time that he served as their volunteer Fire Chief.

    Between January 2010 and March 2013 Mr. MacBean made unauthorized purchases in the amount of $647,351 using the Fire Protection District’s credit card and bank accounts. Mr. MacBean made numerous purchases through PayPal, Amazon.com, at Big R and at various other retail merchants for his personal use. In their sentencing argument, prosecutors outlined Mr. MacBean’s spending history, including as an example that in July, 2012, he spent over $42,000 shopping online for musical equipment, electronics, wireless products, PCs and other items.

    As volunteer Fire Chief, David MacBean was responsible for the overall supervision of operations for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, subject to the direction of the board of directors. This included the operation of the fire department, hiring and managing of staff and assisting in preparing the annual budget.

    In an overflowing courtroom, David MacBean told District Judge Jeffrey Pilkington that he took complete responsibility for his actions and that he had betrayed the fire fighters and the entire department, their families, the community, his family and friends.

    In April, 2014, David MacBean pled guilty to two counts of Theft - $20,000 or more (F3) and one count of Embezzlement (F5). Judge Pilkington sentenced David MacBean to eight years in prison on each Theft count, to be served concurrent to one another, and two years in prison on the Embezzlement count. The two year sentence will be served consecutively to the six year sentence for a total of eight years. He will also have a five year mandatory parole period.

    MacBean agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $647,351.59 as part of his plea agreement.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    August 1, 2014

    David MacBean

    Last Updated: 8-4-2014
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