- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The former chief of a Harris County volunteer fire department accused of using department money for personal use has pleaded guilty to theft.

KHOU-TV (http://bit.ly/1QP3uxV ) reports Maurine Turrentine pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant Thursday. Authorities say Turrentine took more than $100,000 from the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department and used the money for shopping, vacations and personal loans.

As part of a plea agreement, Turrentine has been ordered to repay the nearly $57,000 she still owes over the course of five years. The television station reports Turrentine had struck a deal with the department to allow her to resign and repay the money over 44 years.

According to prosecutors, Turrentine has already repaid the fire department $60,000.

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Information from: KHOU-TV, http://www.khou.com

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