WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for embezzling funds from a CHP employee club of which he was the president.
|Mark Matthew Linza, 41, Huntington Beach||Pleaded guilty today to:
Circumstances of the Case
- In January 2014, Linza was selected as the president of “The 670 Club” (Club), a social organization intended to promote camaraderie among employees of the CHP Westminster Area.
- The defendant was in control of the club bank account and took a series of steps that allowed his activities as club president to remain unmonitored.
- Upon being placed in control of the Club bank account, Linza obtained an ATM card for the account, a practice which had never been employed by prior presidents.
- On Feb. 7, 2014, the defendant withdrew $1,000 cash from the Club bank account and deposited $800 cash into his own personal bank account.
- On Dec. 15, 2015, the defendant made a cash withdrawal from the Club account for $120 and deposited the same amount in cash into his own personal account.
CHP investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17WF1147 / May 23, 2018