Matthew Young

A former chief of the Yucca Fire District is scheduled to be arraigned after allegedly confessing to embezzlement from his department last month.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Matthew J. Young turned himself in on July 23, and admitted to embezzling about $40,000 from his department’s bank account since January. As chief of the Yucca Fire Department, Young was tasked with the department’s day-to-day operations as well as billing by the department, and was tasked with using the department’s bank account to purchase new equipment.

Detectives say Young used the $40,000 to buy several guns, 3D printers, two boats and other items.

Young is scheduled to appear Aug. 26 in the courtroom of Mohave Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert for his arraignment.

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