Former Morrison County worker charged with selling cellphones
- August 31, 2013 - 4:42 PM
A former Morrison County employee who had sole responsibility for the county’s cellphones has been charged with felony theft after investigators say she ordered extra phones and sold them online for personal profit.
When Constance Waytashek, 52, of Onamia, left in January, county administrator Deb Gruber found several empty smartphone boxes from brands the county doesn’t use. A Verizon representative checked and found several county phones in use across the country. According to a criminal complaint, Waytashek had ordered and received 416 cellphones since 2010, 293 of which were unaccounted for.
Investigators say she cited “severe financial trouble” for the $4,000 scam, which included taking 15 phones from the county on her last day at work. She used free upgrades to order phones from a government account, which didn’t trigger extra bills or costs, so it went undetected, said Gruber, calling it a “case of misplaced trust.”
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