MOUNT WASHINGTON - A former firefighter has entered a guilty plea and will have to repay over $15,000 taken from the taxing district.
Anthony Judd entered a guilty plea on Tuesday afternoon to forgery and theft by unlawful taking over $300.
Judd was given a five-year sentence on each count and they would be served consecutively for a 10-year sentence.
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney Nick Raley said special judge Stephen Ryan agreed to allowing Judd to serve 30 days in jail on weekends. The rest of the sentence would be diverted for five years or until the restitution is paid in full.
Judd was a member of the Mount Washington Fire Department when it was discovered that funds, a majority of which were raised for the Crusade for Children, were missing.
Det. Buddy Stump of the Mount Washington Police Department was asked by fire board chairman Melvin Davis to investigate the concerns.
The thefts from the Crusade fund and an internal fund did not deal with tax dollars, according to Stump.
The indictment alleges that the events occurred from May 2006 through May 2008.
Raley said that the restitution was set at $15,195 plus 8 percent interest and it would be repaid in monthly payments. Should Judd not follow the agreement, Raley said he could have to serve the 10 years in prison.
In talking with fire officials, Raley said there was no real interest in Judd serving that time. However, they did want the funds returned.
“They were happy with the resolution,” said Raley.
Judd and fire chief Michael Dooley were both indicted. Dooley faces a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.
Judd was quickly fired by the fire board. Dooley served a suspension but has since been reinstated to his former position.
Dooley’s case is still pending in Bullitt District Court.