The Utah Communications Authority claims in a lawsuit that a recently fired employee has admitted to stealing about $1 million through the fraudulent use of an agency credit card over the course of more than 10 years.

Patricia Nelson, a 17-year employee, was sued by the Utah Communications Authority for $800,000 on March 4 for her alleged fraud. Nelson, a longtime administrative assistant, was the person responsible for ensuring all employees' expenditures on company credit cards were legitimate, according to the lawsuit.

No criminal charges have filed against Nelson, who was fired around Feb. 22.

Jason Boren, an attorney from the Salt Lake City-based law firm Ballard Spahr who was hired to perform a private investigation into Nelson, said his legal team has been coordinating with police during the investigation.

"I can’t say anything about Sim Gill. I don’t know when he learned of it, but I can tell you West Valley (police have) been in communication with us … all along," Boren said.


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