Former assistant fire chief for Tulelake Fire passes away before embezzlement sentencing

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — A former assistant fire chief for Tulelake Fire has passed away before being sentenced in a felony embezzlement case.

Robert Hickman was accused of embezzling funds from the department donation account.

$100,000 are unaccounted for from 2012 to 2017, according to the Tulelake Fire Department.

The Siskiyou County District Attorney confirms that the case has been closed.

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