FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- The former chief of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department will spend at least a year in jail when he is sentenced Sept. 30.
Timothy Whittington, 56, pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Aug. 9 in Fayette Circuit Court, according to Fayette County assistant prosecutor Roger Lambert.
After using the department's account to pay personal bills, Whittington took out a $4,000 bank loan to put money back into the account around the time an audit was scheduled, according to Lambert.
"In his mind, I think he thought it would be OK if he did that," Lambert said.
However, an audit uncovered $3,500 still missing from the department's account. Whittington has agreed to pay that amount in restitution, Lambert said.
A fraudulent-scheme charge against his wife, Patricia, was dismissed as a result of his plea deal.
He faces one to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced by Circuit Judge Paul Blake.