N.H. Chief Bought Equipment with Credit Card Issued to Another City



Concord firefighters on Monday unwrapped bags filled with new equipment they'll gladly use but never intended to buy.

About four years ago, former Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Mitchell bought the equipment using the department's credit card. But he quietly gave the equipment to the Webster Fire Department, where he worked as the chief.

Someone in the Concord Fire Department uncovered his handiwork and Mitchell faced criminal charges. Mitchell pleaded guilty this month to theft and fraud charges.

For years, police held the equipment as evidence as part of the investigation, but the equipment was released after the case came to a close.

The collection includes new nozzles, axes, a leaf blower and a GPS. Concord firefighters said they'll use all of it.


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