- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A former South Florida fire official faces up to 45 years in prison for misusing his position to take off-duty work.

A Palm Beach County jury found Derrick Daniels guilty Thursday of unlawful compensation or reward by a public official and six counts of grand theft. The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/vejGEJ ) reports that his sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Prosecutors say the former West Palm Beach battalion chief agreed to stop working overtime jobs when he accepted a $140,000-a-year position with the department’s top management. Officials say he made businesses write him personal checks for fire safety services he provided at special events.

Daniels’ attorney said his client did nothing wrong, and all the work was done on Daniels’ own time, on nights and weekends.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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