The former secretary to the Layton police chief pleaded guilty Tuesday in 2nd District Court to taking money posted for bail by prisoners that she was supposed to forward to circuit court.
Virginia D. Johnson, 33, West Valley, pleaded guilty to one count of misuse of public funds, a third-degree felony.Prosecutor Carvel Harward told Judge Rodney S. Page that Johnson took several hundred dollars of the bail money and "co-mingled it with her personal funds."
In return for her guilty plea, Harward said, a second charge involving an insufficient funds check will not be filed. Johnson has also agreed to pay full restitution to the circuit court and on the check incident, he said.
Johnson was secretary to Layton Police Chief Doyle Talbott when the money was misappropriated. She resigned from her job in Layton in August of last year and quit another part-time job as a Roy Fire Department dispatcher at the same time.
Page scheduled Johnson's sentencing for May 9. She faces a prison term of zero to five years and a fine of up to $5,000 on the third-degree felony.