Senior center officials respond to charge against former director

EVANSTON — After the Herald published a story about the former director of Uinta Senior Citizens, Inc., facing a felony charge for allegedly misusing federal funds, current director Aimee Ottley met with the Herald to offer the senior center’s and its board’s sentiment.

“What happened was severely damaging,” Ottley said. “We are just happy that [the investigation] is finally coming to fruition. Myself and the board are just happy that it’s finally coming to fruition so that we can move upward and onward and hopefully in the near future gain the trust of the community and the government.”

Ottley said procedures have been put in place to make misusing funds “virtually impossible.”

“We lost a lot of funding,” Ottley said. “We’re a nonprofit organization; we rely on grants. … We just want it done so we can move forward. Those seniors need us.”

Former director Sarah Blakeman was indicted in July after a federal investigation that lasted nearly two and a half years. She’s accused of embezzling at least $5,000 from the center. A trial is scheduled for Oct. 2 in Cheyenne.

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