A 12-person jury convicted former Monument fire chief Roy Richard Peterson on three felony counts related to theft from the fire district.
The jury found Peterson guilty of first-degree theft, first-degree aggravated theft and possession of a stolen vehicle Friday in Grant County Circuit Court after a five-day trial. He was found not guilty of another count of first-degree aggravated theft.
The charges stem from Peterson’s acquisition of resources — money and equipment — for fire protection in Monument and his subsequent refusal to turn over the resources to the Monument Rural Fire District, which was formed by voters in November of 2012.
The state prosecutor, Senior Assistant Attorney General Daniel P. Wendel, said in his closing argument the first-degree theft charge was for submitting a fraudulent invoices in excess of $1,000 with a grant application to the Oregon Department of Forestry on or about Feb. 15, 2013. Wendel said Peterson used white out to submit the same invoice on different grant applications in 2011 and 2012.
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