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Ex-CHiP sentenced for embezzlement

A FORMER CHP officer was sentenced to jail for embezzlement.

A former California Highway Patrol officer from Huntington Beach was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor charge of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust.

Mark Matthew Linza, 41, will also have to undergo three years of informal probation and make restitution.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, 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. 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.

The sentencing took place at the West Justice Center in Westminster. He faced a potential three years in prison.


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