Former Utah Pork Producer’s Assn. exec director facing fraud charges
The former executive director of the Utah Pork Producer’s Association is facing criminal charges on allegations that he stole more than $325,000 from the association. Haven Hendricks, 74, was charged last month in 1st District Court with three counts of second-degree felony communications fraud, one count of second-degree felony unlawful dealings with property by a fiduciary and one count of third-degree felony unlawful acts by a director or agent, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
Earlier this year, Hendricks was sued the UPPA. The association alleges that the former director — who held the position for decades and was the "primary employee" of UPPA — had been diverting payments to himself from corporate accounts.
"These transactions primarily included the issuance of checks that Hendricks personally cashed or retained," the civil lawsuit reads.
He was fired by the UPPA in March after the alleged crimes were discovered.