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Ex-Cal Fire captain pleads guilty to misusing public funds

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Sept. 7 sentencing date is set for a former Cal Fire captain who pleaded guilty to making more than $7,000 worth of inappropriate purchases on fuel and credit cards belonging to the fire agency.

Scott Mackellar, who worked in Pine Valley, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of fraudulent appropriation by a public officer of public funds.

A Cal Fire investigation uncovered Mackellar's misappropriations. Co-workers noticed questionable purchases being made by the defendant and notified their supervisors, according to Cal Fire officials.

After a month-long internal investigation, the case was forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Mackellar, who was employed with Cal Fire for three years and five months and before that by the Pine Valley Fire Protection District, resigned May 16 following the Cal Fire internal investigation.

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