HURRICANE, Utah, Aug. 18, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Charges of misuse of public money have been filed in 5th District Court against a man employed as an evidence handler by the Hurricane City Police Department.
Kurt B. Tanner, 54 and a 10-year employee of the police department, is accused of taking items in evidence and giving them to his daughter, to be sold online for profit.
Money from the sales was not given to the city, which deprived the city of revenue it would have made had the unclaimed items been sold or auctioned through approved channels.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed the charge after an investigative audit that began several months ago.
Misuse of public money is a third-degree felony, and is punishable on conviction by as many as five years in prison.
Tanner has been placed on administrative leave. His first court appearance is set for Sept. 19.