29_35x90 knx_35x90
CBSLA WEATHER APP: iPhone App Store | Android App Coming Soon | More Info | Watch Josh's Live Demo

Local

Ex-Compton Fire Official Sentenced For Theft

View Comments
(credit: CBS2)

(credit: CBS2)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Southern California fire battalion chief is going to prison for stealing more than $300,000 of equipment and setting a fire to cover up the theft.

Prosecutors say Marcel Melanson was sentenced Monday to three years and four months in prison. He also must pay more than a half-million dollars in fines and restitution.

Authorities say Melanson stole nearly 100 city-owned radios and sold some on eBay while he was a battalion chief in the city of Compton.

He also was charged with setting fire to some equipment in 2011 in a failed attempt to hide the theft.

He pleaded no contest in April to arson and embezzlement.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,336 other followers