Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sgt. Gene Tomatani Charged with Embezzling From Union

A former Redondo Beach police sergeant has been charged with embezzling more than $72,000 from his police union.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office says 40-year-old Gene Tomatani was charged Tuesday with felony grand theft.

Prosecutors say Tomatani stole from the Redondo Beach Police Officer's Association while serving as treasurer and then president of the group from 2004 to 2008.

Tomatani will be arraigned Jan. 8. If convicted, he faces up to four years in state prison.

Tomatani resigned from the department in October.

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