News / Utah / 

Agency Booked Trips for Alleged Embezzler, Returns Money

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A travel company is donating $2,451 to the Weber School Foundation after a woman accused of embezzling nearly $1 million booked two trips through the agency.

Get Away Today Vacations of South Ogden doesn't know if Denise Aughney used foundation money for trips to Las Vegas in 2004 and Disneyland in 2006.

"We just don't feel right about it. We want to give back the money," spokeswoman Jennifer Dunyon said.

Aughney, a former foundation secretary, is charged with theft, money laundering and forgery.

She has acknowledged taking money in response to a civil lawsuit filed by the foundation, and her attorney has said Aughney is anticipating a criminal conviction.

She has been in jail since Feb. 9, unable to cover $445,000 bail while the case moves through court.

Authorities still aren't sure where all the missing money was spent. Meanwhile, some businesses are stepping up to help the foundation.

Restaurant owner John Boccia gave $2,000. Jeff Kemp, president of a steel company, is also donating $2,000.

"This is about helping the kids," Boccia said. "It's the kids who lost the money."

The foundation raises money for field trips and other projects in the 28,744-student Weber School District, north of Salt Lake City.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast