Franklin County worker admits theft was to fuel cocaine problem, $1 million may be missing

Franklin County worker admits theft was to fuel cocaine problem, $1 million may be missing
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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- KEPR has obtained the court documents which include a post-Miranda confession from Dennis Huston, 65, regarding theft of taxpayer money used to fuel his drug addiction.

Prosecutor Shawn Sant says the intial investigation reveals in excess of $1,000,000 in taxpayer money may have been stolen over the years, dating back to 2002.  Huston has been employed by Franklin County for more than 20 years.

Huston made a first appearance in court Friday on charges of theft, money laundering and possession of a controlled substance.  He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Sant says Huston has a previous conviction from the late 80's for theft of government property while working in Montana.

Huston is part of an investigation into the Franklin County Public Works Department that has multiple workers on leave.  Auditor Matt Beaton tells KEPR it was a routine audit that began about two weeks ago which revealed discrepancies in spending.  Huston was arrested Thursday and eight other workers were put on paid leave.