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Acting Flagler Beach fire chief facing felony tampering charge

6:47 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -- The acting Flagler Beach Fire Department chief is facing felony charges of Tampering With Evidence and Obstruction of Justice.

Bobby Pace, 41, was charged on Wednesday by the Flagler Beach Police Department.

According to a charging affidavit obtained from our news partner Flagler Live, Pace falsely documented community service hours for Vitaly Tsabak. Tsabak's initial offense that resulted in him having to perform community service was not listed in the affidavit.

Tsabak's probation officer investigated if the hours Pace reoprted were legitimate due to the period of time he was reporting and the fact that he was reportedly at the station at 10 p.m.

FBFD staff viewed the video surveillance and found that five alleged time periods of service were false as Tsabak only stayed at the station one hour, according to the affidavit.

Pace learned about the complaint and then proceeded to, according to the affidavit, "destroy/erase the video surveillance" that showed Tsabak was not at the station for five hours.

Tsabak's probation has been revoked and he was sentenced to the Sumter Correctional Facility through August 2015.

The "new historical recorded activity" shows that Pace is the only person in the FBFD.

The charges against Pace come on the heels of the February firing of Fire Chief Martin Roberts, firefighters Shane Wood and Jacob Bissonnett for allegedly drinking while on duty. Flagler Live also reports that volunteer firefighters Steven W. Wood and Barbara Haspiel were also fired.


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