OGDEN — A 53-year-old Roy man died of an apparent suicide in the Weber County Jail on Wednesday after his arrest on fraud charges, the sheriff’s office said.
Lt. Joshua Marigoni said Roger David Campbell, who was picked up on warrants by Roy police officers Sunday, Jan. 6, was found unresponsive in his cell about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Jail deputies attempted to revive Campbell but he was soon pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said in a press release Thursday.
A deputy had checked on Campbell 10 minutes before he was found, the statement said. Nothing out of the ordinary had been seen, and Campbell had given no indication of being under duress, according to the release.
An in-custody death investigation has been referred to the Weber County Attorney’s Office and the sheriff’s office also has started an internal investigation.
County prosecutors filed two cases against Campbell earlier this week. One case accused him of defrauding an elderly Hooper woman of more than $100,000 over the past three years and the other charged that he made a $1,000 buy at the Riverdale Walmart with a stolen credit card three days before Christmas.
In 2nd District Court charging documents, prosecutors alleged Campbell systematically looted the finances of an 88-year-old woman who hired him to install a sprinkler system in 2015.
Campbell befriended the woman and told her he was out of work and had medical problems, according to a Weber County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement.
Among the fraudulent items were 258 checks made out by the woman to Campbell totaling almost $93,500, documents said. She also gave him $5,000 to fix his truck, and he made 25 unauthorized transactions totaling more than $6,000 on her credit card in September 2018, according to the documents.
“Roger’s activities have left the victim financially unstable, with no form of income,” the probable cause statement said.
Campbell was charged with communications fraud and unlawful use of a financial transaction card, both second-degree felonies.
In the second case, a Riverdale police probable cause statement said Campbell made three purchases totaling $1,086 at Walmart with a stolen credit card. He was charged with second-degree felony unlawful possession of a financial transaction card, a third-degree felony, and class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a transaction card.
The most recent previous death in the Weber Jail was that of Casey James Berensen, 44, whom investigators said hanged himself in a shower May 31, 2018.
Utah’s county jails have been under heavy scrutiny since at least 27 people died while in custody in 2016, a record total. At least seven deaths were logged in 2017.
The Utah Legislature in March 2018 passed a law requiring counties to submit jail death reports to the state annually and to document how jails handle inmates who are addicted to narcotics or in withdrawal.