Former Carbon County Emergency Services Director Sentenced to Six Months in Prison after Conviction for Using County Credit Card for Personal Use
Will Pay $64,723.03 in Restitution to Carbon County, Serve 12 Months of Supervised Release
SALT LAKE CITY – Jason Thomas Llewelyn, age 46, of Helper, Utah, who pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony in July, will serve six months in prison. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer imposed the sentence Monday in Salt Lake City.
Llewelyn, who was working as the Carbon County Emergency Services Director at the time of the criminal conduct, admitted in court documents that he used a county credit card to purchase items for his personal use. He had a county credit card to make purchases for various agencies within Carbon County. Llewelyn is also a former Carbon County Deputy Sheriff.
Judge Nuffer also ordered Llewelyn to pay $64,723.03 in restitution to Carbon County. He will also serve 12 months of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.
“Civil servants are held to high standards of professionalism and integrity, and when they hold to those standards they deserve the public’s trust. When a civil servant violates that trust with criminal intent, the resulting offense is very serious regardless of the dollar amounts involved. A six-month sentence in federal prison fairly reflects the seriousness of the offense in this matter,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said today.
In July of 2015, law enforcement officers discovered that Llewelyn had used his county credit card to purchase several parts for boat repairs. Following an initial investigation, a search warrant was executed at his houseboat where officers located items.
The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI participated in the investigation of the case.
As a part of a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors, Llewelyn admitted he took an affirmative step to conceal the crime by making it appear the purchases were for the county when he knew the purchases were for his own personal use. He also admitted knowing Carbon County did not authorize the purchases.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Llewelyn with theft concerning programs receiving federal funds in November 2015. The indictment alleged Llewelyn used county funds to purchase hundreds of items for his houseboat and other personal interests. He pleaded guilty to a Felony Information charging him with misprision of a felony as a part of his plea agreement.