- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - Authorities say the former chief of the Skowhegan Fire Department will admit to felony theft charges under a plea agreement reached between him and New Hampshire state prosecutors.

The Morning Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1cMghTE) the plea bargain with Richard Fowler Jr. means that prosecutors will request he serves prison time in connection to a theft occurring in Farmington, New Hampshire.

A Strafford County grand jury indicted Fowler on charges that he stole money from a town government entity between November 2009 and June 2014. Fowler was previously Farmington’s fire chief.

Prosecutor Thomas Velardi has said the theft indictment alleged that Fowler stole more than $1,500, but the true figure was “substantially more.”

Velardi wasn’t available for comment or to clarify Fowler’s plea agreement Monday.

Fowler’s attorney didn’t return messages seeking comment.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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