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Former KBYU employee charged with theft



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OREM -- A former employee of KBYU is accused of selling thousands of dollars worth of station property and keeping the money.

Allen Harris, 40, has been charged with 10 felony charges, including three counts of theft and seven counts of communications fraud.

Former KBYU employee charged with theft

Harris is accused of buying 25 MacBook computers at BYU's expense, but then only delivering five of the computers to employees.

The remaining 20 were found to have been sold on eBay, and detectives sifted through numerous Internet transactions to make that determination.

Utah County District Attorney Craig Johnson said, "We're very concerned anytime someone is in a position of trust and responsibility, and oversees an entire computer department and is in charge of approximately thousands of dollars of equipment and then misappropriates that for himself, so we are hoping to get a resolution here to get KBYU paid back and get some accountability for Mr. Harris."

Former KBYU employee charged with theft

In addition to the computer theft, Harris is also accused of stealing a pallet filled with toner and ink cartridges worth more than $1,000.

An internal audit discovered the discrepancy, and a long investigation resulted in the charges being filed.

Prosecutors say he is no longer employed at BYU.

Harris appeared in court for the first time Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled for a status hearing on the case on Oct. 29.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

Sam Penrod

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