Woodland Firefighter Accused of Defrauding City Government

Woodland Firefighter Accused of Defrauding City Government

An ex-firefighter accused of stealing from his former employer, the City of Woodland, is scheduled to be arraigned in Yolo Superior Court on December 12.

Woodland Police suspect Dominic Norman, 41, of misusing a credit card his employer issued to purchase a variety of items for his personal use. WPD spokesman Lieutenant Anthony Cucchi said the purchases amounted to approximately $800.00.

Norman was arrested on November 13. Although he made the purchases in 2013, “it took a little while before it came to light,” Lieutenant Cucchi admitted. Woodland Chief Dan Bellini, who runs both the city’s police and fire departments, stated that Norman had worked for the WFD from 2006 until he resigned on October 2, 2014. It has yet to be determined whether Norman was on- or off-duty when he made the purchases in question.

Since the purchases involved public funds, Lieutenant Cucchi said, Norman will be arraigned on felony charges.

Norman has a history of heroism with the department prior to this incident. He was recognized by the Red Cross in 2012 when they stated “A Professional Rescuer award went to Dominic Norman because he went beyond his normal duties to help a mother through the emotional turmoil of losing her 3-year-old in an automobile collision.” He was then recognized as the Rescuer of the Year. In 2006 he was also recognized with a team of four for rescuing a man from a burning trailer.

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