Case # 17WM00580

Date: April 5, 2018

POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF STEALING MONEY FROM FELLOW OFFICERS OUT OF DONATIONS INTENDED FOR RETIRING COLLEAGUE’S GIFT

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A police officer pleaded guilty today to stealing money from fellow officers out of a collection of donations intended to purchase a gift for a retiring colleague.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Mario Ricci, 49, Los Angeles

Pleaded guilty today to the following:

  • One misdemeanor count of petty theft
  • 240 hours of community service
  • One year informal probation
  • Restitution

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Ricci was a detective with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD).
  • Between Dec. 8, 2016, and Dec. 15, 2016, Ricci stole donations from other HBPD employees intended to go toward a gift for a retiring colleague from an envelope at HBPD headquarters.
  • On Dec. 8, 2016, other HBPD officers noticed money was missing from the donation envelope.
  • On Dec. 9, 2016, HBPD conducted an investigation into the matter and documented the denominations and serial numbers of the bills in the envelope.
  • On Dec. 15, 2016, HBPD investigators contacted Ricci as he was leaving the building, and the defendant was in possession of bills that were previously documented as being in the donation envelope.
  • The investigation was turned over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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