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Former Genola city clerk enters guilty plea



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A former clerk accused of skimming from the Genola city accounts has pleaded guilty to criminal charges and paid back some of the money she took.

In a deal with Utah County prosecutors, Traci Wright pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of third-degree felony forgery and three counts second-degree felony misuse of public funds.

Prosecutors agreed to drop 21 other counts. They've also agreed to a reduction in sentencing that could keep Wright out of prison.

A sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 28 in 4th District Court.

Also on Tuesday, Wright handed over a check for $104,000 in restitution payments to the city.

Wright was Genola's clerk for 12 years. She resigned in September 2007 after inconsistencies in the town's finances were discovered.

Wright is thought to have taken up to $240,000 from city coffers between 2001 and 2007.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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