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Beaumont officials plead guilty in $43M embezzlement case get probation, fines, and no jail time.

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Beaumont officials plead guilty in $43M embezzlement case, get probation, fines, and no jail time.

The defendants were charged in a 33-count complaint, including alleged crimes of conflict of interest, embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation of public funds and conspiracy, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.

The defendants – including Beaumont's former city manager Alan Kapanicas, former economic development director David Dillon, former city planner Ernest Egger, and former finance director William Aylward – appeared Tuesday morning 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.  

Aylward's attorney, James Taylor, made a comment and said that his client will start fresh in 2018 and pay his debt to society. But he added "at this point, I would feel (Aylward's) public service career has ended, unfortunately."


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