Arizona Chief Charged With Embezzling FD Funds

The fire chief of the Yucca Fire District in Arizona has been charged with embezzling $40,000 from the district. Matthew Young turned himself in to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office yesterday.

According to, Young admitted using the money to buy personal items over the past six months. The charges are a felony. There is no word on whether Young made bail.

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FYI – this is the 492 case I have entered into my database involving firefighters stealing from their fire department.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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