Ex-fire chief allegedly stole public funds

March 6, 2009 11:25:30 AM PST
A former Texas Panhandle fire chief has been indicted for allegedly diverting public money to his personal bank accounts. A Randall County grand jury indicted former Canyon fire chief Michael D. Kelley on one count of abuse of official capacity. The indictment accuses him of diverting checks meant for the fire department into personal accounts.

The indictment filed last week arose from an investigation into discrepancies found in city accounts in late December. Kelley resigned Feb. 3 and was arrested Feb. 25.

Court records only say the missing funds totaled between $1,500 and $20,000. Abuse of official capacity is a felony punishable by up to two years in state jail.

Kelley had been Canyon fire chief since 2002.

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