Former Park City fire captain charged with embezzlement
November 20, 2013
A former Park City Fire District captain is facing three second-degree felony counts of theft for allegedly misrepresenting over 1,000 hours through the payroll system.
Randolph H. Scott, 50, was charged Friday in the Third District Court after an internal investigation revealed that in 2011 Scott had fraudulently used vacation, sick and traded days from 2011 to 2013. Scott’s last known place of residency is South Jordan.
In 2011, the monetary value of Scott’s fraudulently claimed hours totaled $7,857.46; in 2012, $14,394.52 and in 2013 $11,232.51, according to court documents.
An audit conducted by the Park City Fire District in August revealed that Scott had "altered or deleted several records to take paid time off without using any of his accumulate time-off hours," according to the documents.
Each second-degree felony count is punishable by up to one to 15 years in Utah State Prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, according to a release by the Summit County Attorney’s Office. Scott’s first court appearance is set for Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Third District Court.
According to the court documents, Fire Chief Paul Hewitt had spoken with Scott on Aug. 9 over the phone, during which Scott said what he did was "really stupid," admitted to altering his timecards and apologized for letting both himself and Chief Hewitt down.
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Regarding Scott’s charges, Deputy Summit County Attorney Ryan Stack said, "It’s tragic because we hold our firefighters and policemen in high regard. It’s a violation of trust."