North Pole city employee indicted on theft charges

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2003

NORTH POLE (AP) A city of North Pole utilities supervisor accused of using an employee to help build his house has been indicted on charges of felony theft.

Randy Johnson, 48, was indicted Wednesday on two felony charges: theft of city funds through time cards and theft of city water and sewer services.

Johnson, who is on administrative leave, also was charged with two misdemeanor counts each of official misconduct and tampering with public records in conjunction with the two theft charges.

Alaska State Troopers released a statement that said evidence was presented to the grand jury indicating Johnson allowed one of his employees to help him construct his new home on city time during last summer.

Troopers also said Johnson failed to pay the city for six months worth of water and sewer services.

In December, an investigation was launched into allegations of misconduct.

''The city views this as a serious development in the ongoing investigation and will meet in an executive session on July 1 to review the charges and findings of the investigation,'' said North Pole Mayor Jeff Jacobson

Johnson has worked as the utility supervisor for more than 11 years

The indictment is not Johnson's first run-in with the law. In 1997, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

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