Farmington Ball­park Man­ager Fired

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARMINGTON — Farmington’s ball­park man­ager was fired Oct. 26 after city of­fi­cials were no­ti­fied by Green­land Po­lice De­part­ment that a war­rant had been is­sued for her ar­rest on a felony theft charge, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Ernie Penn.

Misty Wil­son, 40, of Fayet­teville, was ar­rested Oct. 26 in con­nec­tion with theft of prop­erty, a Class B felony, for fraud­u­lent use of two bank ac­counts for the youth sports pro­grams in Green­land.

Wil­son was ar­rested by the sher­iff’s of­fice at the Farmington Sports Com­plex and booked into the Wash­ing­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. She was re­leased on a $3,500 bond with a Nov. 7 court date.

“When we were made aware of that, that there was a pend­ing war­rant and charges against her, we felt it was in the best in­ter­est of Farmington to ter­mi­nate her em­ploy­ment,” Penn said last week. “That’s a vi­o­la­tion of our city pol­icy.”

Penn said po­lice Chief Brian Hub­bard re­ceived a cour­tesy call from Green­land po­lice about the pend­ing ar­rest war­rant and Hub­bard no­ti­fied city of­fi­cials.

None of the charges are re­lated to Wil­son’s em­ploy­ment in Farmington.

“We’re good. We put in our safe­guards a long time ago so we’re good there,” Penn said.

Wil­son, who had served as co­or­di­na­tor for the youth ball pro­gram in Green­land, be­gan work­ing part-time for Farmington in March 2017. She be­came Farmington’s parks and re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity man­ager and pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor on Aug. 1, 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit, Green­land po­lice of­fi­cer Hunter Car­na­han was ap­proached in Oc­to­ber 2017, by two men about dis­crep­an­cies in two of the Green­land youth sports ac­counts. The men had taken over the ac­counts from Wil­son.

One of the men, Jeremy Selvey, re­ported the bal­ance for one of the bank state­ments did not seem cor­rect and he no­ticed sev­eral ex­pen­di­tures that ap­peared to be fraud­u­lent in na­ture. The Sum­mer Ball Ac­count was des­ig­nated for in­surance and ball jer­seys and Selvey said he found checks be­ing paid to Wil­son, her hus­band and her chil­dren from the ac­count. The notes on the checks were for things that never hap­pened, Selvey told po­lice.

Car­na­han re­ported that he found through his in­ves­ti­ga­tion what ap­peared to be more than $59,000 in fraud­u­lent charges and forged checks from the “Sum­mer Ball Ac­count” in 2012, when Wil­son was in con­trol of the ac­count.

The af­fi­davit states that fraud­u­lent charges in­cluded checks writ­ten from Wil­son to Wil­son, nu­mer­ous cash with­drawals, charges from mul­ti­ple re­tail­ers with no re­la­tion to the Sum­mer Ball League.

Car­na­han found an­other $24,000 in what ap­peared to be fraud­u­lent charges in a sec­ond ac­count, “Green­land Pee Wee Sports Ac­count,” made from 2015 to Oc­to­ber 2017, when Wil­son was in con­trol of the ac­count. The charges were from mul­ti­ple re­tail­ers with no re­la­tion to the Pee Wee pro­gram, nu­mer­ous cash with­drawals and checks writ­ten by Wil­son to Wil­son.

Penn said the sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing Wil­son is un­for­tu­nate. He said she “worked hard” for Farmington and did a “very good job.”

Farmington al­ready has posted the ball­park man­ager’s job on its web­site. Penn said he may re­struc­ture the po­si­tion to have one per­son as pro­gram di­rec­tor/co­or­di­na­tor and an­other per­son work­ing full-time on main­te­nance at the ball­park. Those are just “thoughts” he is hav­ing about it for now, Penn said.


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