- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A former volunteer fire chief in Southeast Texas has surrendered on theft-related counts after about $70,000 in department money allegedly was misspent.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old David Miles Loop turned himself in Tuesday and was freed on $15,000 bond.

A grand jury Friday indicted the ex-Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department chief on charges of theft by a public servant and misapplication of fiduciary property.

Jail officials had no information on an attorney for Loop, who’s accused of using a department credit card and spending about $25,000 at a Louisiana race track and casino. He also allegedly misappropriated about $45,000 in department funds.

A department official last fall noticed the credit card charges and money missing from a bank account.

Loop was voted out as chief in January.

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