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City councilman charged with embezzling Bountiful care center
by DAN METCALF, JR.
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William Michael Poff - South Weber City Photo
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FARMINGTON - A South Weber City councilman has been charged with communications fraud over allegations that he embezzled more than $200,000 from a Bountiful assisted care center.

According to court documents filed in Farmington's 2nd District Court on Thursday, William Michael Poff was charged with 3 counts of 2nd degree felony communications fraud.

The court documents say the offenses occurred beginning in January of 2008, when Poff worked as manager for Assisted Home Living in Bountiful.

Poff is accused of funneling money from the business into his personal bank accounts that were later spent on personal use, according to the court document.

The court filing also asserted that Poff opened credit card accounts under the care center's name that he used to make purchases for personal use.

The court document also stated that Poff took the money and charged the cards under the care center's name without the owner's "permission, knowledge or consent." 

Michael Poff is currently serving as South Weber City councilman in a term that began in 2012.

The Clipper was unable to reach Mr. Poff for comment.

Davis County Deputy Attorney Steve Major told the Clipper Poff was trusted by the owner with complete authority to manage all the financial affairs of the business located at 633 East Medical Drive in Bountiful.

Major said this kind of situation is common among 90 percent of embezzlement cases involving small businesses.

"Usually, the owner hires a person they can trust, an leaves them with all the financial control," said Major. "No one checks to see what they are doing."

Major said Poff is accused of three kinds of fraud, including opening up credit cards in the company's name which were used for personal purchases, depositing company funds in his personal bank account, and using company funds to pay his own credit card bills.

Major said that if convicted, Poff faces one to fifteen years in jail for each count.

Major told the Clipper Poff was investigated by Bountiful Police after the owner started getting bills and late notices in 2012. Major said Poff was fired by the care center owner shortly after.

Stay connected with davisclipper.com for updates on this story. 

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