Former fire chief indicted, accused of embezzling $643,000

David MacBean

David MacBean

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A grand jury has indicted the former fire chief of the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District on charges related to stealing about $643,000 of public money from the district.

David MacBean, 41, faces three counts of theft of $20,000 or more and three counts of embezzlement of public property.

The indictment accuses MacBean of using the fire district’s credit card and bank accounts to make about $643,000 worth of unauthorized purchases between January 2010 and March 2013.

The indictment says MacBean made numerous purchases through PayPal,, Big R and other stores. It also says he made the purchases for personal use.

The court signed the indictment Tuesday. MacBean was arrested Wednesday and advised of the charges against him Thursday. He was in jail on $40,000 bond.

The judge set arraignment for December 2.

The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is made up of volunteer firefighters who provide service to the areas of South Turkey Creek, North Turkey Creek and Deer Creek canyons in the foothills of Jefferson County.

Members of the Inter-Canyon Fire District contacted the District Attorney’s Office about possible theft of the fire department’s funds in March.

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