September 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire battalion chief is going to prison for stealing more than $300,000 of equipment and setting a fire to cover up the theft.
Prosecutors say Marcel Melanson was sentenced Monday to three years and four months in prison. He also must pay more than a half-million dollars in fines and restitution.
Authorities say Melanson stole nearly 100 city-owned radios and sold some on eBay while he was a battalion chief in the city of Compton.
He also was charged with setting fire to some equipment in 2011 in a failed attempt to hide the theft.
He pleaded no contest in April to arson and embezzlement.
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