Man pleads guilty to theft of government money

October 4, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Forest Service fleet manager from Utah, accused of rigging a surplus truck auction and using a government credit card to fix up the vehicle, has pleaded guilty to a theft charge.

The Standard-Examiner reports Robert Joseph Alexander, of North Ogden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of theft of government money. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

An investigative affidavit and a May 30 grand jury indictment say Alexander was charged after a transaction Dec. 12, 2017, in which his girlfriend, Jennifer Jean Nielsen, paid $6,900 for a 2012 Dodge Ram.

Nielsen faces identical charges. She has pleaded not guilty.

Both Alexander and Nielsen remain free pending further court appearances.

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.


Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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