Former Speedway fire chief pleads guilty to stealing from town funds

Mark Watson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 28, 2015) – Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Monday that former Speedway Fire Chief Mark Watson pleaded guilty to the theft of $58,093 from the Town of Speedway.

As part of the plea agreement filed earlier this month, Watson has paid the full amount in restitution to the Town of Speedway.

He has also agreed to pay restitution to the State Board of Accounts for the costs associated with an audit conducted by the agency.

Watson received a sentence of 730 days and was ordered to serve 728 days on probation.

Watson was the town’s fire chief from June 2010 until his resignation on October 27, 2014.

The former chief, according to court documents, stored the stolen money in an account he’d set up at a fire fighters credit union. He’d allegedly used the money to pay off his cars, and credit cards, and to buy a TV, grill, and gun.

The charges are a result of a lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police, Indiana State Board of Accounts and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.