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Jul 2, 2015 9:27 AM

Former Farmington fire chief stole $270,000 from firefighter relief fund

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON (AP) — The former fire chief in Farmington, New Hampshire, has been sentenced to spend three to six years in prison on charges of taking more than $270,000 from the firefighters' relief fund over five years.

Richard Fowler was fire chief from 2009 to 2014, then later served as fire chief in Skowhegan, Maine, a position he was fired from after several months last year.

The 48-year-old Fowler reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced in Strafford Superior Court on Wednesday. He apologized to the town, fire department, family and friends. He said his life became challenging when he was involved in bad car crash and became addicted to narcotics.

The county attorney's office said Fowler will have to pay most of the money back.

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