UT state veterinarian resigns after investigation

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The Utah state chief veterinarian has resigned after an investigation into a former employee's allegations he padded his pockets with work on the side and engaged in other questionable practices.

Bruce King, who oversaw meat packing, slaughter and livestock inspections statewide, has ended a 15-year tenure with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. His resignation took effect June 1.

Ogden's Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/1mbyxrh ) ex-employee Wyatt Frampton detailed his allegations in a letter to the governor's office in late March, prompting a two-month investigation by state auditors.

Among other allegations, King was accused of making at least $2,000 a month extra by landing a contract to provide veterinary services at the Gunnison state prison's wild horse ranch.

Phone calls to King's home in Axtell near Gunnison weren't immediately returned.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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