Former Fillmore Fire Chief Pete Egedi arrested
Peter Egedi
Peter Egedi

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Former Fillmore Fire Chief

Location: Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility

Date & Time: August 11, 2009 9:00am

Unit Responsible: Special Services Division / Major Crimes Bureau

A) Egedi, Peter Karl, age 40.

On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, Peter Egedi surrendered himself to detectives of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau pursuant to an arrest warrant. He was subsequently booked at the Main Jail for violation of California Penal Code sections 487PC – Grand Theft and 504PC – Embezzlement by a Public Officer.

Egedi, the former Chief of the Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department was the subject of a lengthy investigation that began in April of 2008 into allegations that he had misappropriated Fire Department funds.

Officer Preparing Release:
Sergeant Cary Peterson

Official report: Docket Date all counts: August 10, 2009: Complaint filed on 08/10/09 09:23:41 by Ventura County District Attorney. Felony charge 504 (PC) filed as count 1 with violation date of 03/22/05-Embezzlement by Public or Private Officer: Felony charge 487(a) PC filed as count 2 with violation date of 03/22/05-Grand Theft of Personal Property: Felony charge 487(a) PC filed as count 3 with violation date of 03/14/07-Grand theft of Personal Property: Felony charge 487(a) PC filed as count 4 with violation date of 03/07/07-Grand Theft of Personal Property: PC 803(C) filed as to Count 1 Special Allegation1-S/A-Enh-Statute of Limitations-Late Discovery: PC 803(C) filed as to Count 2 Special Allegation1- S/A-Enh-Statute of Limitations-Late Discovery. Warrant Declaration filed on 08/10/09. Declaration for Warrant of Arrest signed by Judge Hintz, Steven E. Bail set at $10,000. Warrant type to issue: Warrant of Arrest. Release Status is Mandatory Appearance. Case No. 2009028561, Booking #1193175.

Egedi was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday, April 7th, 2008. He received base pay of $79,987, and benefits of $70,887. Egedi became fire chief four years ago, was an at-will employee of the city, and did not have a contract. He remained on paid administrative leave until October 29, 2008 when he was released.

Reports state Egedi has hired Camarillo attorney Mark Pachowicz to represent him in the matter. Pachowicz was a senior deputy district attorney with Ventura County before going into private practice. Bail has been set at $10,000.

Egedi could face a four year, eight month sentence in state prison if convicted.