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Former fire chief faces allegations of theft, misconduct

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Former Ripley Fire Chief Felix Moore faced a judge Wednesday on a three-count indictment accusing him of stealing the city's money. Former Ripley Fire Chief Felix Moore faced a judge Wednesday on a three-count indictment accusing him of stealing the city's money.
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(WMC-TV) - A former fire chief who faced sexual harassment accusations just months ago, is now facing a new set of allegations. Former Ripley Fire Chief Felix Moore faced a judge Wednesday on a three-count indictment accusing him of stealing the city's money.

Many Ripley residents say they had no idea their former fire chief, Felix Moore, had even been indicted.

"I'm shocked about the whole thing because I've never known him to do anything dishonest," said Walter Hayes, Jr.

Moore was secretly indicted earlier this week. He faces two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft.

The district attorney says Moore is accused of stealing nearly $1,000 in money donated to the city.

"It really surprises me because I ain't never known him to steal nothing. Like, when we came up, our parents whooped us when we stole. We never did do that. So, I'm shocked," Hayes, Jr. added.

Firefighters say that money was used to help needy children at Christmas. It was also used as a bereavement fund to help fellow firefighters when they suffered a loss.

"It's illegal anyway it goes. But I don't know how they're gonna do it. I'm gonna take it easy on him," Hayes said.

This is not Moore's first time in trouble. In April, he was suspended after a female lieutenant filed a sexual harassment complaint against him.

Moore was demoted in June and officially retired from the department in September.

Felix Moore's trial date is set for February 10, 2014.

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