Former Orem Employee Accused of Embezzling $215,000

Former Orem Employee Accused of Embezzling $215,000

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- A former Orem city employee is accused of stealing more than 200-thousand dollars from the city.

The former recreation center worker allegedly confessed to embezzling in November.

Officials thought the man had stolen 50-thousand dollars in city funds and had recovered 45-thousand dollars from him.

But now he's accused of stealing a total of two-hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. He has not been formally charged.

City Manager Jim Reams says officials are hopeful the man can pay full restitution, but fraud insurance would cover any amounts he can't pay.

It appears that the money was embezzled in cash from the recreation center, but the city attorney says he canNOT comment on the exact methods used.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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