Former Utah park director charged with mail fraud

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The former executive director of Salt Lake City’s This is the Place Heritage Park has been charged with one count of mail fraud in the misuse of park funds. The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News of Salt Lake City report the charge against Matthew Dahl was filed in U.S. District Court. The charge stems from allegations that Dahl sent a park check for $6,800 to a cattle ranch in Parma, Idaho. His attorney, Greg Skordas, says Dahl diverted park funds to his private livestock operation to buy cattle and equipment. Dahl was fired in January after an internal audit revealed that more than $240,000 was missing. Skordas says Dahl has paid back about two-thirds of that and plans to pay back the rest. The park memorializes Utah’s pioneer past.

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