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Former Glenn County deputy charged with grand theft by embezzlement

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GLENN COUNTY, Calif. 6:10 P.M. UPDATE - The Glenn County Sheriff's Office says former deputy John Sanzone was booked into the Glenn County Jail after self-surrendering himself to authorities.

Sanzone was charged with grand theft by embezzlement, according to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office.

According to authorities, Sanzone is a former employee of the Glenn County Sheriff's Office who was released from the department prior to the completion of his probation.

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office said they were made aware of the allegations of misconduct and that they had placed Sanzone on administrative leave before releasing him from employment.

The criminal investigation was conducted by the Colusa County Sheriff's Office and the case is being prosecuted by the Glenn County District Attorney's Office.

The district attorney said the warrant went out early last week to Sanzone.

Sanzone arrested a homeless man in August 2022 and instead of booking the $3,500 the homeless man saved for dental work into evidence, Sanzone kept it, the DA said.

The DA said the Sanzone could get anything from probation up to three years in state prison if he is convicted, but for someone with no record, it's unlikely he'll see prison time.

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sanzone is no longer one of its employees.

He was placed Sanzone on administrative leave back in September after is became aware of possible misconduct.

Sanzone was mentioned in a federal lawsuit filed by an Oroville police officer last year. That lawsuit claimed the officer reported Sanzone mishandled rape evidence and left contraband in a patrol vehicle while with the Oroville Police Department.

The lawsuit also claimed the officer reported that Sanzone stole $1,300 during an arrest in 2021. Action News Now has reached out to the Butte County District Attorney's Office to see if Sanzone is facing charges in Butte County.

Correction: This article has been updated with the correct charge following a revised press release by the Glenn County Sheriff's Office.

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