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Former deputy fire chief sentenced to 18 months for embezzling from city, fire foundation

Former Lynchburg deputy fire chief Jason Campbell has been sentenced on embezzlement charges (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Former Lynchburg deputy fire chief Jason Campbell has been sentenced on embezzlement charges.

He was indicted on 11 counts of embezzlement in May 2017 after a State Police investigation into misappropriation of funds from the Lynchburg Fire Foundation.

City Manager Bonnie Svrcek says shortly after the discrepancies were identified, Jason Campbell resigned from his position.

She says after his resignation, the fire department reviewed his city issued credit card.

According to Svrcek, the review showed Campbell had used his card inappropriately and that information was sent to State Police.

A judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison with 18 years and six months suspended and he has been ordered to $72,000 in restitution.

The defense argued for house arrest or work release so he could start paying off the restitution and not go to jail.

Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Bethany Harrison said in most cases where someone doesn't have a criminal record, they go after the restitution and no jail time. In this case, they went after restitution and jail time because of 'an egregious crime.'

The indictment alleges that the total amount embezzled is more than $67,000 from the city and more than $3,000 from the Lynchburg Fire Foundation.

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