Investigation Open in Missing Money at DABC

Investigation Open in Missing Money at DABC

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At least one employee of the state's liquor control agency may face criminal charges for alleged embezzlement.

The case involving the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is now in the hands of the Salt Lake County attorney's office.

The investigation goes back four years, maybe more, and at least one DABC employee may be in the hot seat.

The probe began several weeks ago after someone noticed irregularities in the Department of Alcoholic and Beverage Control's financial records. The Salt Lake County attorney's office says an audit revealed missing money and possible mishandling of thousands of dollars.

One DABC worker is being investigated. A spokesperson for the county attorney's office says that employee's betrayal of trust is more important than the dollar amount.

Kent Morgan/Salt Lake County Attorney's Office: "We don't expect everybody in the government to be angels but we do expect them to handle money in a public trust in a fashion that's honorable and so we take these things very seriously."

The state bureau of investigation started looking into this case a few weeks ago. Today investigators handed it over to the county attorney. The county attorney's office says it needs to investigate this case further and then decide whether to file criminal charges. It expects to make a decision by the end of next week.

DABC director Kenneth Wynn said he could not comment on this case. He says he knows there's an investigation going on but was unable to give any other details. Investigators have said the agency was cooperating in every way.

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