Ex-Fort Wayne firefighter pleads guilty to stealing more than $50K

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A former Fort Wayne fire inspector has pleaded guilty to one count of theft in connection with an investigation where more than $50,000 was taken from a charitable organization where he served as treasurer.

An arrest warrant was issued for Daniel A. Newport, 53, on Wednesday and he was charged with one felony count of theft.  He was taken into custody and has since been released according to a news release from Indiana State Police. 

Newport was sentenced to one year probation on Thursday. The prosecutor said that Newport had paid back the money in full prior to being charged.

In late December fo 2017 an Indiana State Police detective began investigating allegations that Newport had taken large sums of money from a charitable organization known as Guns-N-Hoses.  Newport served as the organizations treasurer.

The detective determined that the money had been taken between 2000 and December of 2017.

“We were shocked. There’s no question about it,” said Guns-n-Hoses chairman Josh Hartup, who first suspected Newport. “With legal action coming to a conclusion today, we’re happy to be moving forward with Guns-n-Hoses. It’s a great organization to help first responders and their families and we look forward to our golf outing September 15.”

Newport resigned two weeks ago from his position as Fort Wayne Fire captain after 26 years of service.

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