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Former BLM employee admits to embezzlement
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A 36-year-old Holden man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to using his government-issued credit card for personal expenses.

Justin Johnson, a former employee of the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, admitted to embezzling more than $1,000 on the card between September 2006 and May 2010. Judge Clark Waddoups set Johnson's sentencing for March 29.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison. He has agreed to pay full restitution.

He was originally charged in June 2010 with two counts of money laundering, in addition to the felony theft and embezzlement charges. The money-laundering charges will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement, said Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah.

Melinda Rogers

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