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Former CHP employee pleads no contest to misappropriating public funds

A non-uniformed California Highway Patrol employee arrested in December following an internal investigation by the agency has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of misappropriation of public funds.

Mahmood Bijan Azar, 64, was sentenced Friday in Sacramento Superior Court to 180 days in jail, placed on five years probation and disqualified from holding any office in the state. Azar paid the restitution amount of $41,715 in full before the plea agreement, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Between March 21 and Nov. 4, 2013, Azar was a supervisor with the Administrative Services Division of the CHP. During that time, he diverted public fees given to the CHP and converted the funds to his own use.

Authorities said Azar created a limited liability corporation called “California Highway Property.” An internal accounting reconciliation revealed that numerous remitted checks made payable to “CHP” were deposited into Azar’s “California Highway Property” bank account.