SALT LAKE CITY – A grand jury returned a one-count indictment Tuesday afternoon charging Jason Thomas Llewelyn, age 45, of Helper, Utah, with theft from programs receiving federal funds.
The indictment alleges that from about Dec. 16, 2011, through about Aug. 19, 2015, Llewelyn, as an agent of Carbon County, embezzled money from grants given to the county and administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The county received a series of grants in excess of $10,000 beginning in August 2010 and continuing through September 2014.
According to the indictment, Llewelyn used the money to purchase hundreds of items for his houseboat and other personal interests. The indictment alleges he misapplied property worth at least $5,000.
Llewelyn will be issued a summons to appear in federal court for an initial appearance on the charge in the indictment. The potential maximum penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Indictments are not findings of guilt. Individuals charged in an indictment are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.
The case is being investigated by special agents of the FBI and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City.