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Ex-La Habra officer charged with stealing $60,000 from charity

February 23, 2012 |  6:44 pm

A former La Habra police officer has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from a law enforcement football charity that raised money for youth scholarships, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

Kirk Robert Lotzgesell, 43, of Westchester allegedly stole the money while he was treasurer for the Orange County Cop Bowl Assn., prosecutors said. The group organized football games among officers to raise money.

Between 2007 and 2009, Lotzgesell is accused of writing checks to himself and making ATM withdrawals from the organization's bank accounts. He used the money for personal expenses and bills, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.

Lotzgesell worked for the La Habra Police Department until January 2006. In 2007, he allegedly misrepresented himself as an officer on medical leave and became treasurer of the organization, prosecutors said.

The group discovered that funds were missing after being contacted by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file tax returns.

Lotzgesell was arrested Thursday by the Brea Police Department and is expected to be arraigned Monday at the Central Jail in Santa Ana.

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-- Robert J. Lopez

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