ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- A southwestern Wyoming sheriff is raising eyebrows for using public money to pay a company owned by his son and daughter-in-law more than $50,000 for handmade greeting cards and security services.
Vouchers show the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office spent $4,200 on greeting cards from 2007-2010 and $47,400 for security services over a month last summer.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports payments went to Simply You Creations in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a company Sheriff Rich Haskell says is owned by his son and daughter-in-law.
Haskell says he gave his employees personalized cards on their birthdays and anniversaries. He says his son coordinated a suicide watch at a Utah hospital for a Wyoming murder suspect.
County Commission Chairman Wally Johnson says he told Haskell years ago he thought the greeting card purchases were inappropriate.