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Former Park City Fire captain facing embezzlement charges

Published November 15, 2013 10:11 pm

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A former fire captain in Park City was charged Friday with embezzling more than $30,000.

Randy Scott, who is a former captain in the Park City Fire District, is facing three second-degree felonies for theft.

The charges, filed in 3rd District Court, come after an investigation revealed that beginning in 2011 he altered his paid leave to receive money he never earned, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office. Court documents reveal that the misrepresented hours came to light in August when a human resources officer discovered discrepancies in Scott's requests for time off.

The HR officer then conducted an audit back to 2010, the documents state, and discovered Scott had taken "significantly more paid time off than he was entitled to." The first time Scott misrepresented his hours happened June 16, 2011.

Over the next three years, Scott misrepresented more than 1,000 hours, using vacation, sick and traded time, according to court documents. Prosecutors believe Scott stole $7,857.46 in 2011, $14,394.52 in 2012 and $11,232.51 in 2013.

Deputy Summit County Attorney Ryan Stack said Scott was employed by the Park City Fire District until recently. Stack did not know when exactly Scott left the department or if his departure was prompted by the investigation.

Stack also called the case sad and said Scott's behavior a violation of trust.

"It's always tragic when you see something like this," he added.

Scott's first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16. He has not been arrested and Stack said there is no outstanding warrant for his arrest.

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