The former director of the North Logan City Library accused of spending more than $89,000 in public dollars on the mobile app “Game of War” pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft and forgery and sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 13.
Herm Olsen, the attorney who is representing Adam Winger, said a third felony charge of unlawful dealing with property by a fiduciary was dismissed. Winger has also agreed to pay $78,000 in restitution, to be paid by a date that will be determined by the time of sentencing.
If he misses that deadline, Olsen said Winger will be required to pay the full restitution of $89,000.
Winger, who led library operations in North Logan for about three years, resigned from his position three months after he was placed on administrative leave in the summer of 2017.
City officials said little about the reasons Winger had been placed on leave or why he later resigned, but those details surfaced in March when Winger was criminally charged in 1st District Court.
Court records say Winger was placed on administrative leave due to “his inability to account for over $89,000 in public funds related to the library.”
During the investigation, hundreds of credit purchases for Amazon, iTunes and Google Play gift cards were discovered. Investigators say those were used to purchase Amazon Coins, which can only be used for the purchase of apps, in-app purchases or movie rentals and purchases through Amazon Prime.
Many of these purchases were apparently made through two Amazon accounts set up with both personal and North Logan city credit cards attached, court records say.
Investigators say they also have reason to believe Winger created and altered invoices submitted to the North Logan city’s accounts payable staff “in order to falsely represent what was being purchased with government funds.”