Former fire chief gets 1.5 yrs in prison for theft

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HARQUAHALA VALLEY - The former chief of a Valley fire district will spend over a year in prison for theft.

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Former fire chief headed to prison - A former Arizona fire chief was sentenced for theft and will spend over a year in prison.

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Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Randal Long, 52, was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison, 3 years probation and will pay over $88,000 in restitution.

Long stole over $50,000 in district funds and also approved overpayments to him that were $30,000 over what he should be getting paid.

Thomas says, "The taxpayers in this fire district were the true victims in this case, as their hard-earned tax dollars were improperly spent to enrich a public servant who abused the public trust."

Long was indicted in August of last year and pled guilty to theft, a class 3 felony, violation by custodian of public monies and another theft charge, a class 6 felony.