Ex-city official to go back to Utah in theft case

Ex-city official to go back to Utah in theft case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A court clerk says a fugitive former city controller of Mapleton, Utah, agreed not to fight her return in custody to Utah to face a felony theft charge.

Jeannie Bell waived extradition Thursday in a Las Vegas court and was returned to the Clark County jail to await transfer. She was arrested Monday at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

A Fourth District Court judge in Provo, Utah, issued a warrant for the 48-year-old former city financial official a week ago, after she failed to appear for arraignment on a second-degree theft charge.

Bell resigned June 1 after a Utah County sheriff's investigation accused her of using city funds to buy stamps and gift cards, selling them on eBay, and keeping proceeds for herself.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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