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CHP Employee Accused Of Embezzling Public Funds, Personal Information

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A California Highway Patrol employee accused of stealing state funds to pad his personal bank account was arrested Tuesday.

Mahmood Azar works at the CHP administration headquarters in Sacramento. He was arrested at this Vacaville home by fellow employees — CHP investigators.

Azar worked as an accountant and he had access to public funds and personal information — accused of embezzling both. He also faces grand theft charges.

His alleged theft was discovered during a routine self-audit by the CHP. That review launched an investigation into the alleged theft of state funds.

Sacramento residents had plenty to say about the arrest.

“Treat him like everybody else. Put his (expletive) in jail,” said George Wolcott.

“I think it’s a shame,” said Fina Martinez.

“It’s a very sad story, to hear that somebody took advantage of his status like that,” said Ronnie Robinson.

“Oh, wow, that’s horrible,” said Orlando Rodrigues.

“Someone just can’t get away with it without someone finding out,” said Martinez.

Azar is being held at Sacramento County Jail on $100,000 bail.

CBS13 attempted to get Azar’s side of the story at the jail, but he was not available.

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