The city of Hughson’s Public Works Director has been arrested on criminal charges that he destroyed city computer files. Hughson is the smallest incorporated city in Stanislaus County

David Chase is set to be arraigned Jan. 27 on charges he accessed the city computer server from a laptop in his home, destroyed accounting files and deleted building permits, according to The Modesto Bee.

It remains unclear what files were deleted or the reasons behind deleting the files.

Chase, who is on paid leave from the city, denies the accusations. City Manager Joe Donabed said there is no set time for his return, according to the article.

In addition, The Bee reported that Chase also was the subject of an investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board, which pulled his waste-water treatment plant operator’s license last year after finding false information on his application.

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