Sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief rescheduled for Aug. 1

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By Daniel Laverty

The sentencing of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean, who pleaded guilty to three counts in the theft of $647,000 from the district, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

MacBean’s sentencing originally was scheduled for Tuesday, but a continuance was granted at the request of attorney Dave Thomas, who said his client has asked to be considered for Jeffco’s Community Corrections program.  MacBean would have to be pre-screened for the program, and the Community Corrections board’s next meeting is Thursday, two days after the original sentencing date. 

Community Corrections offers alternative sentencing options for courts in cases of nonviolent offenders. 

In April, MacBean pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement in the theft of more than $647,000 from the Morrison-based fire district. He faces up to 27 years in prison.

From 2010 to 2012, MacBean used the district’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases at stores and online retailers.

As part of his plea, MacBean pledged to pay back $647,351.59.

In a recent interview with the Times, the ex-fire chief said personal problems and a lack of oversight led him to make the illegal purchases

Inter-Canyon responds

Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad said the district’s hands have been tied when it comes to revealing information regarding the case against MacBean.

“Under the direction of the district attorney’s office, we have been advised to not release details of the criminal investigation of Dave MacBean,” Hatlestad said, adding that details can be released after the sentencing and under the direction of the DA.

In the June 4 interview, MacBean said he didn’t step down as chief during his personal turmoil because no one was available to assume the position.

“Since (MacBean’s) termination from the district, several officers have stepped forward to not only lead the fire department but to address the very crisis he created,” Hatlestad said. 

As far as MacBean saying the board never requested receipts for his credit-card purchases, Hatlestad said the board did ask for receipts and was supplied with bogus information.

“The board (members) did request receipts, and they were provided with erroneous and falsified information,” Hatlestad said, adding that he couldn’t go into further detail.

“This fire district will have to live with his crimes for many years to come,” Hatlestad said. 

The next Inter-Canyon board meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 9 at Inter-Canyon Station 1, 7939 S. Turkey Creek Road in Morrison.

Contact Daniel Laverty at 303-350-1042.