Former Paragould Fire Chief Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Paragould Fire Chief Eddie Brown yesterday pleaded guilty before a federal judge to charges of filing false claims totaling nearly $40,000 with the Dept. of Homeland Security.

The 48-year-old Brown waived indictment by a grand jury at the Little Rock hearing and accepted a negotiated plea agreement filed by the U.S. Attorney.

Brown will remain free until sentencing, though it is not yet clear when that will happen.  He faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Brown resigned as Paragould's fire chief on February 1 following a federal investigation.  Prior to his resignation, he had been placed on administrative leave by Mayor Mike Gaskill.  Brown had served with the city's fire department since 1983.