South Weber councilman appears on felony charges

May 8 2014 - 2:25pm

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The assisted living center in Bountiful where Michael Poff has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 of money from the company while an administrator at the center.
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The assisted living center in Bountiful where Michael Poff has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 of money from the company while an administrator at the center.
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FARMINGTON -- With a nicely pressed suit, fresh haircut, and a stoic demeanor, a South Weber city councilman appeared for felony communications fraud charges on Wednesday.

Michael Poff, 40, of South Weber, stood beside his attorney in front of Judge Michael Allphin where he made his initial appearance.

Poff faces three communications fraud charges, all second-degree felonies, for actions that happened between 2008-10 when he worked as an administrator for Welcome Home Assisted Living In Bountiful. According to a city official, Poff has been serving as a city council member since January 2004. He is in his third term as an elected official. 

Poff's attorney, Angela Elmore, said her client full intends to cooperate with the investigation and to disprove the allegations.

"We will be having documentation to counter a lot of the allegations," Elmore told the Standard-Examiner outside the courtroom Wednesday. 

During his first city council meeting after the charges came down, no mention of Poff's criminal charges were addressed by council members during either the work meeting or regular city council meeting.

South Weber's city attorney, Stephen Noel, has told the Standard-Examiner, "It would be inappropriate for the city to legally do anything," 

Since the criminal charges are not linked to his responsibilities as a public servant, but instead are part of his personal life, the city plans to wait for further direction from the Davis County attorney's office, Noel said.

Noel said unless Poff stopped showing up for city council meetings or performing his elected role duties, the city basically has its hands tied until the case is resolved.

Judge Allphin advised Poff to be booked and released in the Davis County Jail, which he had not yet done, despite a request for it back in March.

Poff's next hearing will be May 28.

Contact reporter Cimaron Neugebauer 801-625-4231 or cimaron@standard.net Follow him on Twitter at @CimaronNews.

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