- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The founder of an annual Utah rodeo who admitted to stealing money from the event has been sentenced to probation and ordered to repay the thousands of dollars he took.

A state judge on Monday ruled 55-year-old Brad Floyd Harmon could avoid a sentence of up to five years in prison if he repays the money and completes community service and other requirements.

Prosecutors say Harmon took about $300,000 from the “Days of ‘47 Rodeo” accounts between 2002 and 2011 and deposited it into his own accounts.

Investigators say the money was spent on expenses such as dry cleaning, gasoline and groceries.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ncOuxv) Harmon pleaded guilty in May to one count of unlawful dealing with property by fiduciary

Rodeo organizers fired Harmon last year after discovering missing checks.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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