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Local district employee arrested for allegedly embezzling public money

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 19:58:09-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — An employee of the Stansbury Park district has been arrested after allegedly using public money for her personal use.

Tracey Leigh Schmidtke is accused of creating a PayPal account in the name of Stansbury Park and transferring over $40,000 to her personal checking account over a three month period. She also used her employer issued credit card for an additional $21,184 in purchases.

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The Tooele County Sheriff's Office says Schmidtke, who was arrested on Nov. 15, used the money to buy pizza, clothes, and other items on Amazon. She admitted to using the Stansbury Park credit card, but Schmidtke did not know how much she spent or what she spent the money on.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Schmidtke was also transferring money to her son who lives out of state.

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Schmidtke works as an office manager for Stansbury Park Service Area, a special district within Toeele County, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.