SANPETE COUNTY (ABC4 News) — A new report from the Office of the State Auditor found that the former Fayette clerk misappropriated over $300,000 over a 9-year period, over 12 percent of the town’s revenue.
According to the auditor’s report, the misappropriation occurred from February of 2009 to February of 2018. It wasn’t noticed until the newly-elected mayor took over Fayette when it was promptly reported it to the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office.
The unnamed clerk apparently tried to use various ways to conceal the misuse of funds by falsifying the payee in the accounting system, manipulating bank reconciliations, and forging signatures on improper checks.
The report also indicates that town officials failed to proper oversight of the town’s financial records including failing to report information to the state’s public notice website.
The former clerk has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of misusing public funds and was ordered to spend 45 days in jail and pay more than $153,000 dollars in restitution.