- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former temporary employee at a Utah landfill is accused of stealing about $25,000 in county money over a six-month period of time.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office on Friday filed felony charges of theft, repeated unlawful activity and forgery against Christina Joy Patton.

Prosecutors say that from April to October 2012, the 36-year-old Patton took home cash from the register she operated at the Salt Lake County Landfill.

She reportedly avoided entering the money into the county computer system, printing bogus receipts for customers and keeping a running tally of the amount in the cashbox before pocketing the notes at the end of her shift.

Charging documents say Patton kept the cash from at least 185 fake sales.

She faces up to 15 years in prison.

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