Sonoma County firefighter accused of embezzling money

October 28, 2011 1:33:15 PM PDT
A Sonoma County firefighter is set to make a court appearance Friday afternoon on charges of embezzling money to pay for tickets to San Jose Sharks games and Disneyland. Rancho Adobe fire captain and fire marshal Michael Bechtold was arrested Wednesday.

Sonoma County sheriff's investigators say Bechtold embezzled $63,000 from the firefighter's association of which he serves as treasurer. Other members noticed irregularities in Bechtold's reports and investigators say he's admitted to the embezzlement.

The Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District covers Penngrove, Cotati and unincorporated Petaluma.