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Charges filed against former Bluffdale Fire Chief for allegedly faking payroll

Aug 29, 2022, 5:35 PM
Charges are being filed against former Bluffdale Fire Chief for allegedly paying firefighters while...
Charges are being filed against former Bluffdale Fire Chief, John Roberts, for allegedly paying firefighters while they weren't working. Photo credit: Adobe Stock.

BLUFFDALE, Utah — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office is filing charges against former Bluffdale Fire Chief, John Roberts, for allegedly falsifying official payroll and work logs.

According to a statement from Salt Lake County, Roberts allegedly knowingly paid $86,000 to firefighters for hours they did not work. Additionally, the former Bluffdale fire chief allegedly made false entries in payroll and work logs reflecting shifts firefighters did not work.

Misuse of Public Monies, the statement says, is a Second Degree Felony. It carries up to 15 years in prison. Along with this, each count of Falsifying a Government record is a Class B Misdemeanor, according to Salt Lake County. It carries a maximum of six months in jail. Roberts is facing five counts of Falsifying a Government Record, according to a probable cause statement.

These charges are related to payroll ranging between December 2018 and August 2019, the probable cause statement says.

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Charges filed against former Bluffdale Fire Chief for allegedly faking payroll