Former Morgan County Council Administrator Pleads Guilty
Yesterday former Morgan County council administrator pleaded guilty to six felony counts that included the embezzling of nearly $1 million from the county and a couple of banks. Garth B. Day who worked as the council administrator from June 2008 to August 2010 used county funds for personal use on multiple occasions. In one instance he actually wired $92,000 from a Morgan County account to his personal bank account to pay off debts. In addition to the embezzlement charge Day also pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, false loan and credit applications, theft from a program receiving federal funds, wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud. The sentencing hearing is set for October 25th where Day could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1 million fine.
Embezzlement in Utah
It seems that there has been a recent influx in embezzlement cases in the news and media in Utah. With the economy slumping and people becoming more and more financially strapped the incentives are greater than ever. Embezzlement can take many forms, but in most cases, like in Day’s, the offense is based on the misappropriation of assets, whether that be cash, inventory, or supplies. Sneaking money out of your employers pocket never ends well and if you are having issues with embezzlement you need to come clean as soon as possible. In most scenarios the offender believes they will be able to replace the money and that it will be a one time deal. But before you know it your in a situation like Day and you are in way over your head. If you have been charged with embezzlement make sure you hire an attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Although you’ve made a mistake you still have the opportunity to make a change in your life and move on. Call the attorneys at Salcido Law Firm for more information.