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BREAKING NEWS - Felony charges filed against Baca
In the declaration of probable cause statement filed with the Sixth District Court on October 6 by Special Agent Christopher Walden, Office of the Attorney General, he laid out the facts of the affidavit based upon the results of an investigation into Georgia Baca. He stated that he had collected and reviewed business and personal records from the defendant, and did interviews of witnesses and other sources.
Baca, 52, was in her third term as Kane County Treasurer in March when she submitted her letter of resignation amid questions of alleged mishandling of public funds. She had worked for the county in several capacities for 25 years.
Walden said that between February 1, 2013 and January 31, 2016, the defendant, Georgia Baca, as treasurer, was responsible for managing Kane County''s tax revenues and its money. As treasurer, she had access to county money and checking accounts, and had signatory control of Kane County accounts at State Bank of Southern Utah.
During the dates in the statement, Baca, without authority of the law, made approximately 45 transfers of Kane County money totaling approximately $33,600 from Kane County accounts (property tax and Kane County Justice Court) at State Bank of Southern Utah. The accounts were allegedly transferred into those belonging to Baca individually, or Baca and her children. The probable cause statement also alleges that the accounts show money was spent on miscellaneous personal purchases not authorized by Kane County.
• Count 1, Misusing Public Money, Third Degree Felony. On 3/10/14, Baca transferred $700 from the county''s property tax account into her personal checking account. On 4/2/14, Baca transferred $500 from property tax into her personal checking account.
• Count 2, Misusing Public Money, Third Degree Felony. Between 6/2/14 and 1/11/16, Baca transferred money from a county property tax account into a joint checking account with her son 23 times, for a total of $19,600.
• Count 3, Misusing Public Money, Third Degree Felony. Between 9/8/14 and 9/9/15, Baca transferred money from a county property tax account into a joint checking account with her daughter five times, for a total of $2,450. And between 12/3/14 and 12/22/14, Baca transferred money from Kane County Justice Court into her joint checking account with her daughter two times, for a total of $1,350.
• Count 4, Misusing Public Money, Third Degree Felony. Between 11/12/14 and 9/24/15, Baca transferred money from a county property tax account to Baca''s savings account with her son eight times, for a total of $9000.
Georgia Baca''s initial court appearance is scheduled for October 20 at 9 a.m.