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Former Middlebury Fire Chief Convicted of Embezzlement Sentenced

The former fire chief in Middlebury who was convicted of embezzling more than $25,000 from the town's volunteer fire department has been sentenced. 

Paul Perrotti, 47, of Middlebury, was found guilty in federal court last July. On Monday, he was sentenced to three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service during the release, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

Federal prosecutors said Perrotti used department operating accounts to pay for personal expenses and for expenses associated with his private electrical contracting business, Paul Perrotti Electric, LLC.

Prosecutors said Perrotti also submitted invoices to the town for expenses incurred by his business and used a fire department debit card to make purchases for business-related items.

FBI agents raided the firehouse in May 2014 and seized computers and financial documents.

He was arrested in November and charged with three counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. A jury found him guilty on two counts but could not reach a verdict on the third, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Perrotti served as fire chief from 1997 until 2014.

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