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Hubbard firefighter sentenced for faking calls, pocketing cash

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A Hubbard volunteer firefighter, who investigators say used his position as treasurer with the Eagle Joint Fire District to secure payments for fire calls, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to petty theft.

Richard Wittkugle, who was originally indicted on charges of theft in office, grand theft, and tampering with records, has agreed to make restitution in the amount of $2,160.

Police say Wittkugle racked up payments for fire calls that he did not go on for the Eagle Joint Fire District, which covers Hubbard city and township.

Detective Michael Banic of the Hubbard Police Department told 21 News police were asked to investigate after the fire chief noticed irregularities in the district's payroll. 

That investigation ultimately led to a search warrant being executed at Wittkugle's home, where fire department records were seized. 

Judge Wyatt McKay will sentence Wittkugle after completion of a pre-sentence report.

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