4 BEAUMONT CITY OFFICIALS PLEAD GUILTY IN EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME

Four former Beaumont City officials entered guilty pleas Tuesday for their role in a $43 million embezzlement scheme involving a handful of city officials, including the former city manager and police chief. The defendants, former City Manager Alan Kapanicas, former Economic Development Director David Dillon, former City Planner Ernest Egger, and former Finance Director William Aylward, appeared at the Riverside Hall of Justice, where they were ordered to pay a combined $8 million in restitution and placed on probation. None received jail sentences. The plea deals come two months after Beaumont’s former city Police Chief Francis Dennis Coe Jr. pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit theft. He was sentenced to three years of summary probation and 200 hours of community service. He agreed to pay $50,000 back to the city.

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