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No jail time for former Yellowknife deputy fire chief

Yellowknife's former deputy fire chief, Jason Davidson, was sentenced to a one-year conditional sentence for stealing $100,000 from the Vancouver Firefighters Band Society.

Jason Davidson stole $100,000 from Vancouver Firefighters Band Society

Yellowknife’s former deputy fire chief, Jason Davidson, will not face jail time for stealing $100,000 from a non-profit organization he used to work for in Vancouver.

Davidson was sentenced to a one-year conditional sentence, which he is to serve under strict conditions in Yellowknife.

Jason Davidson was sentenced to a one-year conditional sentence, which means he will not serve any jail time. He pleaded guilty last month to stealing $100,000 when he worked as treasurer for the Vancouver Firefighters Band Society.

Davidson pleaded guilty last month to stealing the money from the Vancouver Firefighters Band Society when he worked there as treasurer. He admitted to using the organization’s bank account like his own, making personal purchases with the account between 2003 and 2008. Some of the purchases included an engagement ring for his wife and a down-payment on his house.

When Davidson was interviewing for the job in Yellowknife, Mayor Gordon Van Tighem says he came with glowing references. Van Tighem adds Davidson was open about the investigation.

"We were led to believe there was nothing coming out of this, but then there was a guilty plea," said Van Tighem.

Van Tighem says he is surprised by the outcome.

Davidson had paid back some of the money he stole before he was charged. When he pleaded guilty in March, he also resigned as deputy fire chief and handed in a cheque to the Vancouver organization to cover the rest of what he’d taken.

The Vancouver Firefighters Band Society says Davidson has tarnished the relationship he had with them, and that the relationship might never be repaired.

Davidson’s relationship with the City of Yellowknife seems equally damaged. Van Tighem says Davidson did not get a severance package, and, from what he knows, will not be on the city’s payroll again.

Davidson says he will appeal his sentence.

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