May 17, 2006
Sentencing is scheduled next week for a woman who pleaded guilty to attempted theft from a business in Kamas.
Kari Lynn Bogert, 38, was accused of forging 127 checks on a company account to obtain almost $72,000. She was initially charged with second-degree felony theft and 12 counts of felony forgery.
Some charges were dismissed when Bogert pleaded guilty to attempted theft, a third-degree felony.
Kent Leavitt, co-owner of Leavitt Lumber Company, contacted police on March 3 to report a series of thefts from his business.
Leavitt hired Bogert as a secretary on Feb. 28, 2005, to write invoices, get mail, answer the phones and maintain the company’s bank account.
"She was never authorized to sign checks on behalf of [the Leavitts]," information filed in Third District Court states. "The defendant had access to the Leavitt Lumber computers which have programs on them that allow for check printing tied directly to their company’s bank account."
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Bogert issued 127 checks to herself between March 25, 2005, and Feb. 8, court papers state.
"The defendant then took the checks to various banks around Summit County and cashed the checks for her own personal use," documents filed by prosecutors state.
According to Summit County Attorney David Brickey, Bogert admitted to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy that she used the money to help finance her cocaine habit.
"She further indicated that she did not have the money or resources to repay Leavitt Lumber at this time," court papers state.
Bogert was convicted of grand larceny in Florida in 1995. A third-degree felony in Utah is punishable by a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Bogert remained incarcerated in Summit County Monday. Her bail is set at $25,000.
Uncle Sam wants you
With a June 27 primary election just around the corner, Summit County Clerk Sue Follett is pleading for people to volunteer to man polling locations in western Summit County.
Training sessions in May and June will familiarize volunteers with the process, Follett said.
Training is scheduled May 22 in Park City at 8:30 a.m. Two sessions are scheduled in Coalville May 24 at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Judges must work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 27, and Election Day, Nov. 7.
New chief named in Uinta National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service this month named Brian A. Ferebee as forest supervisor for the roughly 900,000-acre Uinta National Forest.
"I understand the important responsibility we have as stewards of public lands. I look forward to working with the Uinta National Forest employees and the many groups that utilize the Uinta National Forest," Ferebee said in a press release.
A 17-year Forest Service veteran, Ferebee has worked in the Kamas, Salt Lake and Logan ranger districts in Utah.
"We welcome Brian back to the Intermountain region," U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Forester Jack Troyer said. "The Uinta is a unique National Forest, and Brian’s knowledge and background with the state of Utah will greatly benefit the Uinta and the communities that surround it."
Ferebee most recently served as deputy forest supervisor for the Pike and San Isabel forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Pueblo, Colo.