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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.

-- Shelby Grad

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