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Former Constable Ordered to Repay Fees

Former Constable Ordered to Repay Fees

Posted - Oct. 28, 2004 at 7:22 a.m.



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Former City Constable Paul Larsen, who was accused of charging the city for warrants he allegedly did not serve, has been ordered to repay the city $1,600.

Adult Probation and Parole recommended he serve 90 days in jail, but 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones on Wednesday opted not to impose any jail sentence.

Larsen served as constable for 24 years. After Larsen was charged in April, city officials conducted a study of the constable's office and concluded there was no need for the post.

Laws have changed over the years to allow other individuals to serve legal papers, and Assistant City Attorney Andrea Lockwood said may have been one of the last cities in the state to still have had a constable.

Defense attorney Scott Jensen said Larsen had mounting medical problems, including a minor stroke three weeks ago, sleep apnea, depression, high blood pressure and addiction to pain killers.

In a plea bargain, Larsen pleaded no contest in August to reduced misdemeanor charges of attempted theft by deception and attempted communications fraud,

The investigation began when the Ogden police detective who serves the department's warrants noticed warrants he had served among those for which Larsen was billing the city.

Jensen told the judge that Larsen still maintains the case was only a billing mix-up.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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