SALT LAKE CITY -- (KSTU) -- A former employee with Utah’s high speed fiber-optic network, Utopia, is accused of spending the public's money on herself.
Gloria Cortez, 52, was charged in Third District Court Wednesday with communications fraud and misuse of public money. Both are second-degree felonies.
Cortez was in charge of many of the finances at Utopia, so when the CEO noticed more than $90,000 was unaccounted for, Cortez was the No. 1 suspect.
Utopia says they noticed the issue back in September and immediately launched their own investigation. They also alerted local police and the state auditor.
According to Utopia, between 2013 and 2016 Cortez used more than $90,000 in unauthorized public money. Of that money, about $51,000 was used to purchase iTunes gift cards.