Former Lewisville fire official accused of stealing from charity

Comments () A Text Size

DALLAS — A former Lewisville assistant fire chief accused of stealing money intended for charity told police he was in debt and had an addiction problem.

Brian Freed was arrested last week by Lewisville police on a charge of theft of $1,500 to $20,000.

He had been the coordinator for the department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign that collects donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, according to arrest documents.

The offense carries a penalty of six months to two years in state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

Freed, who resigned his position on May 21, could not be reached for comment. He had worked for the fire department since 1994.

On May 6, the fire department contacted police about a possible theft of money that was to go to the charity.

Police determined that two bags of cash, totaling more than $6,000, were missing from the collections, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During a police interview, Freed denied taking the money but told a detective that he had been placed on paid administrative leave in May because he was addicted to hydrocodone and Ambien.

He also said he frequently gambles and was $60,000 in debt, the affidavit stated.

Fifteen minutes after the police interview, Freed sent a text message to a city official resigning his position, effective immediately, records indicate.


Comments
DentonRC.com is now using Facebook Comments. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then add your comment below. Your comment is subject to Facebook's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service on data use. If you don't want your comment to appear on Facebook, uncheck the 'Post to Facebook' box. To find out more, read the FAQ .
Copyright 2011 Denton Record-Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.