By: KDKA-TV News Staff

CARNEGIE, Pa. (KDKA) – The former East Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department chief accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars will not go to jail.

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The judge says Adam Kauer accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to three counts Wednesday morning.

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He will serve 5 years probation and will have to pay back nearly $84,000 worth of restitution money.

Kauer allegedly used the department’s money for trips to GetGo, meals at TGI Fridays, car payments and several monthly rent payments totaling $1,300 a piece. Investigators also allege he used thousands of dollars worth of stolen money to pay the “hand money” for the purchase of his Bethel Park home in 2017.

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Detectives say Kauer used the department’s credit card 333 times, allegedly stealing about $26,000 for himself. He’s also accused of requesting 71 checks for a total of $58,929 and forging his signature on 25 of them. They also say he made at least 11 deposits into his personal account when it had a negative balance.