Former Mount Ogden teacher sentenced in fraud case
OGDEN — A former Mount Ogden Junior High School teacher has received her sentence stemming from a fraud case.
According to court documents, Elizabeth Galbraith — who plead guilty to a count of misdemeanor wrongful appropriation in September — was sentenced to a 180-day jail sentence with 179 days suspended and one day credited. She has been ordered to pay restitution of $12,795 plus interest. She was also given 24 months of probation.
Galbraith, who was the handler for the Change for Children charity, which accepted large financial donations intended to help families in need during the Christmas season, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly making personal purchases with money that was donated to the charity. She resigned as a teacher at Mount Ogden soon after her arrest last February.
According to court documents related to her plea deal — filed on Aug. 29 — Galbraith could not account for $12,795 and she had initially claimed that she threw away gift cards in that amount while using the sleep aid Ambien. The documents also note that she was caught on video using the financial card attached to the charity’s money at a Sam’s Club to make personal purchases.