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Former CHP officer pleads guilty to stealing $1,230

December 16, 2010 |  3:35 pm

A former California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing money from a civilian and removing cash from a state patrol cruiser agreed Thursday to plead guilty to misdemeanor grand theft, authorities said.

Matthew Aguilar, 28, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of grand theft of personal property and prosecutors agreed drop an embezzlement charge.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Kemalyan sentenced Aguilar to two years’ probation and 150 hours of court-approved community service.

Under terms of the settlement, Aguilar must pay the theft victim $665 and the CHP $565 prior to entering his plea, said Los Angeles County Deputy. Dist. Atty. Alfred Coletta.

The crimes occurred in August and September 2008, the prosecutor said.

Aguilar could have faced up to three years and eight months in state prison if convicted on the original charges. He was fired by the CHP in connection with the thefts that occurred while on duty.


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