Contra Costa Fire District chief accused of embezzlement, stealing controlled substances

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MARTINEZ (KRON) — An EMS chief at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has been charged with multiple embezzlement and controlled substance charges related to a drug addiction, officials said Thursday. 

According to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, the man, 50-year-old Richard P. Stephenson, stole controlled substances that belonged to the fire department to fuel a drug addiction. 

Officials say the Martinez man is facing two felony embezzlement charges and two misdemeanor controlled substance possession charges. 

An arrested warrant was issued Wednesday for $50,000. Stephenson was arraigned today on the charges.

The controlled substance charges specifically concern his alleged possession of Fentanyl and Midazolam.  

Stephenson will appear back in court on Feb. 26. 

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