Former Weber State employee booked on charge of misusing public money

Thursday , February 22, 2018 - 5:51 PM

OGDEN — A former Weber State employee is accused of misusing public money. 

James Ervin Owens, 44, was booked Wednesday evening in Weber County Jail on one charge of forgery, a third-degree felony; one charge of misuse of public money, a third-degree felony; and theft by deception, a class A misdemeanor. 

Owens resigned from his position as superintendent of structural systems at Weber State University on Nov. 27, according to John Kowaleski, executive director of the college’s communications department. Owens did not give a reason for his resignation, Kowaleski said. 

Kowaleski told the Standard-Examiner that Owens was issued a credit card by the college, and Owens’ purchases were reviewed as part of the resignation process. Bank records showed some purchases made on the card could not be accounted for by the university, Kowaleski said. 

He did not say what was purchased or how much the purchases amounted to in total.

Kowaleski said he did not think Owens was under investigation while he was employed at the university. 

The investigation regarding Owens’ case is active and ongoing, Kowaleski said. The Weber State University Police Department is handling the case and arrested Owens. 

As of Thursday evening, no formal charges have been filed against Owens, and a court date has not been set. After he posted a $5,200 bond, Owens was released from jail custody, according to Weber County Jail spokesman Lt. Joshua Marigoni. 

Education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán contributed to this report. 

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