Patterson employee charged for allegedly stealing money from fire department

Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle confirms with KQKI News that Patterson City employee, Ryan J. Aucoin, has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from the Patterson Fire Department. LaSalle said the arrest stems from a legislative audit which resulted in District Attorney Bo Duhe’ requesting LaSalle to conduct an investigation.

Aucoin, the City Community Development Director, has been accused of stealing $800 from the fire department after the funds were discovered missing in the legislative audit. He was charged with misappropriation of public funds. He was arrested on Friday and has since bonded out.