Pro-choice abortion supporter accused of embezzlement

From the LA Times

Ex-fire chief for Fillmore used city funds to pay for abortion, big-screen TV, prosecutors allege
March 24, 2010 | 12:53 pm

The former fire chief of Fillmore has been ordered to stand trial after being accused of using city funds to pay for an abortion for a city employee and items for his home.

Pete Egedi, who served as fire chief from 2005 to 2009, has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement and grand theft.

According to the Ventura County Star, Egedi used city funds to purchase items for his wife as well as a big-screen television and other items for his home.

Egerdi is also accused of using public funds to help a colleague get an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sherman Oaks, according to the paper.

A Ventura County judge Tuesday ordered Egedi to stand trial.

Egedi worked for the Fire Department for more than 15 years, according to Fillmore’s website. “He was responsible for helping to successfully establish the City’s paramedic services last year, made necessary by the closure of Santa Paula Hospital and its emergency room,” according to a biography from the city.
“Egedi also worked to create a public access defibrillator program in Fillmore and has been responsible for upgrading the department’s computer systems and automation,” according to the city biography.

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According to VSTAR, Detective Sgt. Cary Peterson, of the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau testified that in April 2008, then-Fillmore Finance Director Barbara Smith, acting on a tip from Fillmore Disaster Coordinator Patrick Maynard, uncovered 20 checks from the stipend account written to Egedi or his wife, totaling $27,950.

Egedi’s wife, Carol, did not work for the Fire Department, Peterson noted, and Pete Egedi was only entitled to $1,200 a year from the stipend account.

Peterson said Smith told him that from July 2007 to March 2008, Egedi overbilled the city $13,000 for hours that his volunteers did not work.

Peterson testified Maynard told him that in early 2007, Egedi received an emergency services reimbursement check for about $51,000, but instead of turning it over to Smith as he should have, he kept it.

The detective said Maynard told him that while that incident raised a red flag, Egedi ran the department like “a paramilitary operation where the chief wasn’t questioned.”

Maynard told Peterson another red flag was Egedi’s purchase of two widescreen TVs, one of which was installed at Egedi’s home.

Peterson testified Maynard learned of an $800 check from the stipend account for a city employee — a platonic friend of Egedi’s — to get an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sherman Oaks.

Maynard said “he had been coerced by Mr. Egedi” to drive the employee to Planned Parenthood to undergo the procedure, Peterson testified.

Egedi was placed on administrative leave by the city in April 2008 after the Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation into the misappropriation allegations. His employment with the city ended in October 2008.

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