The former Kinloch Fire Chief Darran Kelley, pleaded guilty to several charges in Federal Court on Wednesday.
Kelley was facing five felony charges, including three counts of fraud, connected to a series of thefts that occurred over a six year period. Starting in 2007, he skimmed money from the fire district to cover gambling debts and credit car payments. Kelley also illegally took social security payments.
For each count of fraud, Kelley faces 20 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine. He heads to sentencing in October and if given the maximum sentence, would spend 75 years behind bars.