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Foundation Recovering From Theft Gets $50,000

Foundation Recovering From Theft Gets $50,000



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Swanson Family Foundation is giving $50,000 to the Weber School Foundation to help it recover from an embezzlement.

"It's a good opportunity to show our support since the Weber foundation has gone through some difficult times," said Steven Frank, Swanson Family Foundation grant administrator.

Weber School Foundation seeks a grant from Swanson each year and usually gets a portion of its request. The $50,000 gift is the full amount.

A former secretary, Denise Aughney, is charged with stealing nearly $1 million from the Weber foundation.

She has acknowledged taking money in response to a civil lawsuit filed by the foundation, and her attorney has said Aughney is anticipating a criminal conviction.

The foundation raises money for field trips and other projects in the 28,744-student Weber School District, north of Salt Lake City.

Swanson Family Foundation, based in Ogden, was formed in 1977 by local podiatrist Walter C. Swanson, who died in 1990.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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