- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The former chief of the Lacombe-area fire department has pleaded guilty to using taxpayer money to buy auto parts for his personal use.

St. Tammany Parish court records show 56-year-old Charles Flynn III pleaded guilty to theft over $1,500 Monday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1rrFFU7 ) state District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced Flynn to two years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution.

Flynn was accused of using $5,296 in public money to buy personal auto parts between January 2011 and September 2013. He allegedly falsified invoices by indicating the parts were purchased for specific fire district vehicles or equipment.

The allegations first were revealed in a Legislative Auditor’s report released May 12. Flynn did not dispute the findings.

Flynn retired last fall after 13 years with Fire District No. 3.

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

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