Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A former cop who embezzled money from the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association while serving as its treasurer was sentenced today to 180 days in county jail and three years probation.

Christian Blesch, 37, was ordered to surrender Nov. 5 to begin serving the jail term.

Blesch, who has paid nearly $42,000 in restitution, pleaded no contest July 18 to a felony count of grand theft by embezzlement.

Blesch — who was elected in January 2011 as treasurer for the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association — used the association’s credit card to buy parts and accessories for his own motorcycles and other items such as clothing, exercise equipment, shaving accessories and cigars, said Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Rendon.

Blesch then paid the monthly credit card bills via the association’s checking account, according to the prosecutor.

He resigned from the Arcadia Police Department in September 2013.

City News Service

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