- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office filed larceny and theft charges Friday against state Rep. Sam Krone of Cody, accusing him of misappropriating funds from his local bar association.

Krone, a Republican, faces three felony counts of larceny, three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one misdemeanor count of theft.

Krone has been serving as treasurer of the Park County Bar Association. An affidavit by a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agent alleges Krone diverted $9,633.71 from the bar association for personal use.

The treasurer job is a volunteer position. The bar association president, Andrea Earhart, in April said Krone told her several times an association account had a balance of a $2,000-$3,000 but she checked and saw only $88.90, DCI Special Agent Brady Patrick wrote in his affidavit.

Patrick got a search warrant and reviewed the bar association’s bank accounts. Patrick found several suspicious transactions in 2011, 2012 and 2013 including payments to Krone, according to the affidavit.

Krone provided Patrick with personal bank records that confirmed all the suspicious transactions either went to Krone’s personal bank account or to Krone as cash, according to the affidavit.

A message left with Krone wasn’t immediately returned.

Krone has served in the Wyoming House since 2011. In February, Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric fired Krone from his job as deputy county prosecutor for sending profane and belittling texts to a woman his office was prosecuting.

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