WASHINGTON CITY – A Hurricane man and his wife, who is a deputy constable, were arrested Monday after they allegedly used her position with the Utah County Constables Office to financially defraud at least six people.
Shandon Gale Young, 33, and Katina Marie Young, 34, created a scam using the Utah County Constables Office to appear official, Washington City Police Officer Mike Sittre said in his probable cause statement supporting their arrests.
“Katina Young was an employee of the Utah County Constables Office,” Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said, “and basically her and her husband, Shandon, both of Hurricane, attempted to defraud several businesses in Washington City utilizing a fraudulent document – a supposed contract.”
The two allegedly told the businesses they were going to recover some property in Colorado City, Kantor said, and then split the proceeds with the businesses.
“They paid money from the businesses to go into this venture through fraudulent means,” he said, “so that’s where the charges stem from.”
In addition to other charges, Kantor said, Shandon Young was booked on one count of uttering a forged document, which means presenting a forged document to someone; the forged document was the fraudulent contract the Youngs utilized to defraud the businesses.
“A forged official document was used in the scam,” Sittre said. “Shandon admitted to these offenses.”
The Youngs were arrested and each charged with one second-degree felony for communications fraud; four third-degree felonies for theft; and two class A misdemeanors for theft. Shandon Young was charged with an additional third-degree felony for forgery.
The Youngs were booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday. Shandon Young’s bail is set at $38,900 and Katina Young’s bail is set at $33,900.
They are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Tuesday.
This is not the first hiccup Katina Young has had with the law. She was charged with a class B misdemeanor for impersonating an officer on June 21 and was summoned for an arraignment, set for Oct. 1, for the incident.
Katina Young also made the news on Sept. 13, 2013, when she alleged she was discriminated against by the Hurricane City Police Department when, instead of landing an interview for the police officer position she had applied for, she instead received a rejection letter.
“To me that is blatant discrimination,” Katina Young said in a 2013 interview. “I was quite shocked.”
In response to Katina Young’s allegations in 2013, Hurricane City Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Brandon Buell said it doesn’t matter if applicants are male or female because Hurricane is an equal opportunity city. There are some great female officers working in Washington County, he said, and the Hurricane Police Department would welcome a female officer. But, he said, the Police Department would not hire a female just to have one on the force.
“We will hire the best candidate for the job,” Buell said.
After her rejection from the Hurricane City Police Department, Katina Young landed a job at a private probation company as a probation agent and began working as a deputy constable for the Utah County Constables Office thereafter.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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