Former Draper marathon runner disqualified for cheating now facing new theft charges

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SILVERTON, CO – JULY 16: Kelly Agnew #43 of Utah poses for a portrait after the Hardrock 100 ultra distance run through the San Juan Mountains on July 16, 2016, in Silverton, Colorado. Agnew, who was 68th overall, finished in 41 hours, 52 minutes. The 100.5-mile loop course takes runners from Silverton to Telluride to […]

LINDON, Utah (ABC4 News) – A former marathon runner from Draper who lost his titles over cheating allegations has now been charged with allegedly stealing nearly $50,000 from his employer. 

Kelly Clint Agnew, 46, now of Naples, Florida, was charged in 4th District Court with 10 felony counts of communications fraud, one felony count of pattern of unlawful activity and one felony count of theft.  

As the Utah General Manager of the business, Agnew was able to purchase goods and services related to the operation of the business and was responsible for maintaining customer relationships, which often required business travel. 

Documents state between June 19, 2014, and July 31, 2018, Agnew developed a scheme where he
would submit fraudulent expense reports for reimbursement, including by resubmitting receipts already claimed. Agnew is accused of altering receipts by whiting out information such as the date, the amounts, or other relevant information to identify a transaction, or by overstating the amount.

Agnew allegedly submitted 148 fraudulent business expenses in the amount of $48,905 from the business, according to court documents. 

According to a Facebook post on the “Across the Years” page, Agnew was disqualified in 2018 from  Across The Years Multiday footraces at Camelback Ranch after he was spotted missing the remote timing point on the halfway point of the course on laps 11, 14 and 17.

“He was witnessed circling back at the start/finish staging area after completing a lap, spending over 7 minutes in a portable restroom and then “completing” the lap and going on for his next without actually running the mile plus loop,” said the post. 

The organization further stated this was not the first time Agnew has been reported missing laps during their event and other events especially on the fixed time circuit.

“Upon further inspection of our remote timing data from past events, he has been retroactively disqualified from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 Across The Years runs where he previously placed first,” said the post. 

The post further stated it saddens them to see this take place at an event that is centered around camaraderie amongst runners and support of top performances.

“This type of cheating is not tolerated by our race or race organization,” said the post. “At this point in time Kelly will not be welcome back to participate in races organized by Aravaipa Running.”

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