Mount Ogden teacher accused of defrauding charity pleads guilty to lesser charges
OGDEN — A former Mount Ogden Junior High School teacher has pleaded guilty stemming from a fraud case.
According to court documents, Elizabeth Galbraith has signed a plea agreement that would see her plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of wrongful appropriation. Galbraith had originally been charged with felony communication fraud — which was dropped as part of the deal — and felony wrongful appropriation.
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 the 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 this amount while using the sleep aid Ambien. The documents also note that she was caught on video using the card attached to the charity’s money at a Sam’s Club to make personal purchases.
Under the amended charge, Galbraith faces up to one year in the Weber County Jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
Sentencing in the case is currently scheduled for Oct. 24.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Galbraith no longer works at Mount Ogden.