A Monrovia firefighter pleaded not guilty Monday to embezzling at least $50,000 from the Monrovia Firefighters Association union. Todd Lambert, 34, was arrested by Monrovia police Nov. 19 for one count grand theft by embezzlement of more than $50,000, according to court documents.
“We are devastated and surprised by the allegations,” Monrovia Fire Fighters’ Association, union president Capt. Dave Rapp said. “These allegations do not reflect firefighters as a whole and are few and far between.”
Lambert is believed to have committed the crime between July 1, 2007 and August 31, 2009, according to documents.
Rapp declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
“We have been cooperating fully with law enforcement,” Rapp said. “Our thoughts go out to his family during these tough times.”
Lambert’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 15.
Bail has been set at $208,000.
Phone calls and messages to the Monrovia Police Department were not returned Monday. Phone calls to Lambert’s attorney also were not returned.