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So. Weber councilman charged with embezzlement

Published March 27, 2014 8:46 pm

Courts • He allegedly used money from business for personal debts.
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A South Weber City councilman has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from a Bountiful business.

William Michael Poff, 40, was charged Thursday in 2nd District Court with three second-degree felony counts of communications fraud.

The alleged thefts occurred while Poff was manager of a Bountiful assisted living facility, Welcome Home Assisted Living, from 2008 to 2010, according to charging documents.

Poff has been a member of the South Weber City council since 2012.

While employed at the business, Poff allegedly took out several credit cards in his own name, then charged several thousand dollars to the cards, according to charging documents. He then used proceeds from the business to pay off the credit card debt, prosecutors claim.

Poff also took out several credit cards in the name of the business, with himself as signator, charges state. He then allegedly made charges on the cards that were for his own personal use.

He also took several thousand dollars from the business and deposited the money into his own personal bank accounts for his own personal use, charges state.

Bruce Morrison, the assisted living center's owner, said Thursday that Poff hasn't worked for the company since October 2010.

"We've been working on this case with detectives for about 18 months," Morrison said. "... It all happened right before he left. But we became more aware [of the missing money] as time went by. We had an accountant come in, do all the books, and there was a lot of mishandling of money."

Poff was scheduled for an initial court appearance on April 30. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison on each charge.

City officials were not immediately available for comment, and Poff did not answer the phone number listed on the city's website.

According to the website, Poff oversees commercial/economic development, Eagle Scout projects/youth service projects, Youth City Council and the Central Weber Sewer Improvement District Board

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