CONIFER, Colo. - A former fire chief in the foothills west of Denver who confessed to embezzling nearly $700,000 says he had a shopping addiction.
In an exclusive interview with The High Timber Times, former Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District chief David MacBean apologized for using tax money to buy personal guitars, ammunition, photography equipment and other goods.
MacBean says he was battling depression and wanted to "surround myself with stuff, that I could be happy."
MacBean faces up to 27 years in prison at sentencing on June 24. He pleaded guilty on April 7 to stealing more than $647,000 over three years from the department.