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Director of Utah Branch of United Cerebral Palsy Sues for Defamation

Director of Utah Branch of United Cerebral Palsy Sues for Defamation

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The executive director of the Utah branch of United Cerebral Palsy is suing two former employees for defamation.

The suit was filed yesterday in 3rd District Court.

The suit alleges former employees Michael and Jeanette Conant told fellow employees that Shelly Petty created fictitious board members, used the non-profit's funds for home improvement projects and falsified information reported to the I-R-S.

The suit also alleges the couple sent a letter to the state Division of Services for People With Disabilities saying Petty forced employees to sign an oath of loyalty to her.

Petty's lawyer says the suit alleges defamation, public use of private facts and invasion of privacy.

The Conants were not available for comment.

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

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