Former fire chief in Manchester accused of fraudPosted: Updated:
A former fire chief faces charges Monday after he is accused of defrauding the Manchester community.
Police said Paul Littrico certified that more than a dozen firefighters qualified for lower taxes, when in reality, it was far fewer than that.
Eyewitness News spoke with Littrico this past summer, when he was still chief of the Eighth Utilities Fire District.
The fire district commission decided not to renew his contract with the department soon after.
At the time of the interview, Eyewitness News was doing a story about a still ongoing investigation into alleged missing tickets, and possibly money, from an annual fire department raffle.
On Monday, Littrico turned himself in on charges related to a different matter, charges that he said 17 members of his department were eligible for a tax break when in fact only three were.
The tax break, or abatement as it was called, depended upon how many calls a firefighter went out on.
The Eighth Utilities District Fire Department is mostly volunteer and every year, each member is eligible for a $400 tax abatement.
Littrico was charged with second-degree larceny (defrauding of a public community) and false entry by a public official. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in Superior Court in Manchester on Jan. 8.
All this comes on top of another matter. Littrico's son, also a firefighter with the department, was caught buying heroin from someone at the firehouse while on duty.
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