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Former Chief Of Speedway Fire Department Charged With Theft, Official Misconduct

Last updated on Friday, September 4, 2015

(SPEEDWAY) - The former chief of the Speedway Fire Department is facing two felony charges and a civil lawsuit.

WTHR reports Mark D. Watson, who lives in Plainfield, is being charged with theft and official misconduct, both felony charges.

The Indiana attorney general's office has filed suit against Watson seeking repayment of the $62,000 Watson is accused of misusing.

Watson was investigated for the alleged misuse between 2011 to 2014 while he was fire chief.

Watson is accused of setting up an account for the fire department and then using that money for his own use. According to an audit report, Watson used the funds to make payments on personal credit card accounts, to pay soccer organizations and also made a payment on a 2013 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, along with other purchases.

He's also accused of charging personal expenses on the department's credit cards and creating a fictitious company to write checks that he collected.

After Watson's employment ended, "DBA: Speedway F.D." was removed from the name on the account, which had been set up without the knowledge of the town council and which had never been authorized by the town's Board of Finance.

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