Kinloch fire chief admits fraud, theft of thousands from district fund

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 10:00 PM

 ST. LOUIS  -- A suburban St. Louis fire chief has admitted stealing more than $140,000 from his fire district, sometimes leaving it short of money for utilities and other basic services.

 
   Forty-seven-year-old Darran Kelley became chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District in 2002. The U.S. Attorney's office says Kelley pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing the district funds from 2007 to January of this year.
 
   Investigators said Kelley spent the stolen money at casinos and to pay credit card bills and other personal expenses. Some of the stolen funds came from grants for a new fire engine and public donations for insurance payments.
 
   Kelley also pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving $120,000 in Social Security disability payments by lying about his employment and his income.
 
   Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.
 

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