Courts & Law

Ex-CHP officer accused of embezzlement

A HUNTINGTON Beach man – a former CHP officer – has been charged with embezzlement from the club of which he was president.

A former California Highway Patrol officer was charged Friday with embezzling money from a CHP employee club of which he was the president. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Mark Matthew Lina, 40, of Huntington Beach, is facing one felony count of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in county jail.

Linza was selected president of “The 670 Club,” a social group working to build camaraderie among employees of the CHP in the Westminster patrol area, according to the OCDA. He was in charge of the club bank account and allegedly obtained an ATM card, which he used to take over $950 from the club between January 2014 and January 2016.

He is scheduled for arraignment at the West Justice Center in Westminster on June 28.

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