AG files suit against ex-Speedway fire chief

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana attorney general has filed suit against former Speedway Fire Department chief Mark Watson in an effort to recoup money he’s accused of embezzling.

A state audit accuses Mark Watson of misusing more than $62,000 in taxpayer money – including setting up a personal bank account with town funds and using a town credit card to make personal purchases for nearly three years.

The audit alleges that more than $42,000 in fire department funds were deposited into the account set up by Watson. The money deposited came from billings for fire protection service, refunds from vendors, and fees paid by recruits, among others, according to the audit.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller is suing to get that money back. The suit also seeks damages and reimbursement of state investigative costs, which totaled about $21,000.