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Dec 19, 2012 9:33 PM

Ex-Fire Chief Ordered To Prison Before Christmas

LOUISVILLE. (AP) - A former fire chief who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 from the WHAS Crusade for Children has been ordered to prison weeks earlier than originally expected and will report to prison five days before Christmas.

Paul Barth's attorney, Thomas Clay, told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/Zk1JTp ) that Barth was notified about 10 days ago that he should report to the federal prison in Manchester, Ky., on Thursday. The prison assignment, which usually takes 45 to 60 days, took less than a month.

Barth, the former chief of the McMahan Fire Protection District, was sentenced to three years and five months and ordered to pay $198,277 in restitution. He antagonized prosecutors when they learned he paid $266,500 cash for a second Louisville home despite claiming he couldn't pay restitution.

The newspaper said records indicate another home owned by Barth was recently put under contract for sale.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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