Former fire chief admits theft

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Gazette Staff
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
— The former town of Lyons fire chief accused of using the fire departmentís credit card to buy gas for his personal vehicle paid a $728 fine Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft.

Craig A. Amann, 34, of 2400 N. Arizona Ave., No. 1052, Chandler, Ariz., was suspected of making an $80 gas purchase June 12 without the fire departmentís approval, according to the criminal complaint.

A town official was reviewing bills and discovered the purchase at the Lyons Shell gas station, according to the criminal complaint.

Video surveillance at the gas station showed a man suspected of being Amann using the credit card to fill his personal vehicle with gas, according to the criminal complaint.

When investigators confronted Amann, he claimed he had used the credit card because he had driven his personal vehicle on fire calls, according to the criminal complaint.

According to town policy, a firefighter can be reimbursed $8 for using a personal vehicle on a call, but the person must submit a request for reimbursement.

Last updated: 10:11 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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