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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Former G.F. Police Chief sentenced to prison

 

September 2, 2011

Charles “Chuck” Allen, 52, is well known in Granite Falls. Allen served as the Police Chief in Granite for 22 years. He retired from the position in 2005.

Allen has now been sentenced to five years in federal prison for taking more than $625,000 from developmentally disabled people.

After retiring from the Granite Falls Police Department, Allen took on the job of director of People Helping People, a job which previously belonged to his mother.

People Helping People is a nonprofit organization that collected Social Security payments for disabled people to ensure their bills were paid.

Most of the clients didn’t have family or friends who could help them.

According to investigators, Allen used the money to pay alimony payments, gambling debts and a salary to his retired mother.

Along with his prison sentence, Allen was also ordered to pay back $625,666 in restitution to his victims.

 

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