Carbon County sheriff faces felony charge for alleged misuse of money

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James Cordova. Image courtesy Carbon County Sheriff's Office via Facebook.

CARBON COUNTY, Utah – A Carbon County Sheriff has been charged with a felony after allegedly misusing public money, according to documents filed Thursday.

Charging documents state Sheriff James Cordova faces a third-degree felony charge of misuse of public money as well as a misdemeanor charge for allegedly putting the license plate of one trailer on to another.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office is the prosecuting agency on the case.

According to a statement of probable cause, Cordova allegedly used his county issued vehicle and county search and rescue trailer to move personal items from his home in Carbon County to his new home in St. George. The document states that between December 16, 2013 and April 13, Cordova purchased gas using his Carbon County gas credit card about 26 times for a total of more than $2,000 in gasoline. Gas is only supposed to be purchased with that card if the gas it to be used for county business.

The document further states the search and rescue trailer used by Cordova to move items on April 13 had the license plate of another trailer affixed to it. Cordova reportedly admitted to taking the plate from a search and rescue building and affixing it to the trailer used in the move while knowing that the plate was for another trailer.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.


  • The TRUTH

    Gotta love the way police police themselves. Mess with the money and you are charged with a felony – kill an unarmed US citizen and you get a paid vacation. One more example of what’s wrong with our society. Stuff and money are considered more valuable than human lives.

  • staci

    Carbon county is my home and I’m so ashamed of this man! He represents so many people and is held to a simple standard of respect for his community and obeying the law…the same things He expects of all of us. He really let us down :(

  • Barry Soetoro

    Memo to the rest of the U.S. We residents of the Beehive State know how to deal with crooked cops and politicians.

  • miles (dave)

    im not so upset he used the trailer, heck back when i did construction i used the company equipment for personal things all the time and they knew about it. its just one of the perks for working there, and it dosnt bother me that the trailer was bought using tax money ether. but it isnt cool that he used the money for his own personal things. thats not ok

  • TJC

    This is what happens to anyone who brings attention to issues Carbon Co suits want gone unnoticed. Because they know it’s wrong but have to a lot invested and way to much to lose So they nip it in the bud by discrediting the threat before hand by trumping up seemingly serious charges.

    • BOB

      Do you have any praise for the West Jordan police officer who entered a burning vehicle to try and save a man who later died of his burns? Your typical bigoted puke likes to put down police officers …. right up until the moment they need one.

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