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Former Fire Chief Pleads Guilty To Stealing $40K From Fire District In Mohave County

Mohave County Sheriff's Office

A former fire chief accused of embezzling $40,000 from his northern Arizona district has pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports Matthew J. Young entered his plea last week in connection with charges of theft and misuse of public monies. Young was indicted in July after he allegedly turned himself in to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to stealing about $40,000 from his department’s bank account from last January through July.

According to investigators, Young used funds allegedly embezzled from the Yucca Fire District to purchase several guns, 3D printers, two boats and other items. He is scheduled to be sentenced at a January 31 hearing.