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Fmr. Blount Co. fire chief accused of misusing department funds

Michael Claude Watson. Source: Blount Co. District Attorney's Office Michael Claude Watson. Source: Blount Co. District Attorney's Office
BLOUNT COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The former fire chief of a Blount County community is accused of using over $9,000 of the fire department's funds for personal use while he was in office.

Blount County DA Pamela Casey says that Michael Claude Watson, 45, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree theft of property and one count of second degree theft of property.

Watson was chief of the Bangor Fire Department until 2012 and is currently being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $90,000 bond.

The arrest came after investigators with the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office looked into the use of fire department funds while Watson was still chief. According to the investigation, Watson used more than $3,000 to obtain cellphone service and plans for his family; used $5,000 to obtain computer, printers and electronics for personal use; and wrote himself a check for $1,476 for reimbursement for property that was never purchased.

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