The former chief of Manchester’s 8th Fire District has been charged with larceny, accused of certifying several firefighters for tax cuts they were not eligible for.
Paul Littrico, 48, turned himself in to police on Monday.
The president of the 8th District board of directors contacted police on July 3 about missing documents and a discrepancy in tax abatements to members of the 8th district fire department, police said.
Members of the fire department are eligible for a $400 tax abatement each year if they have been a volunteer firefighter for the Manchester Fire Department, Eighth Utilities District, for a year before the beginning of an assessment year; responded to at least 120 emergency calls, including at least 25 mutual aid calls, during the last two point periods; and have no tax delinquency to either the Town of Manchester or 8th Utilities District by May 15 of each year.
Manchester Police detectives investigated and said Littrico is accused of submitting a letter certifying that 17 members of his department qualified for the tax abatement when only three appeared to be eligible.
He has been charged with larceny in the second degree-defrauding of a public community and false entry by a public official.
He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is due in court on Jan. 8.