- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GRETNA, La. (AP) - The former chief of a West Jefferson volunteer fire department has pleaded guilty to theft, admitting he improperly paid himself more than $31,000.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/ZqhCsN ) state District Judge Donnie Rowan sentenced 43-year-old Selton Ussin on Tuesday to three years in prison for theft and two years for removing a vehicle identification number from a trailer he kept on his property.

Rowan ordered the sentences to run concurrently, deferred the prison time and placed him on three years’ probation. If he successfully completes the probation, Ussin’s plea could be removed from his record. Rowan also ordered Ussin to pay $24,591 in restitution to the Herbert Wallace Volunteer Fire Department in Avondale.

Ussin admitted to authorizing $31,391.33 in wages, despite not having earned it between September 2008 and April 2010.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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