Former Viburnum Clerk pleads guilty

A former Viburnum City Clerk, accused of stealing more than $100,000 over seven years from the city’s water and sewer accounts, has pleaded guilty.

Dana Mayberry, the city’s clerk for more than 14 years, was charged with receiving stolen property, a felony.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway audited the city in June 2017 and discovered what she called “an elaborate scheme that involved adjusting customer utility accounts and then destroying records and other evidence.” The audit showed an estimated $104,000 in adjustments to 1,800 water and sewer accounts over a 7-year period.

The case was headed to trial until Mayberry pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Sidney T. Pearson III on Thursday, June 7.

“Officials that violate the public’s trust and use their position to enrich themselves must be held accountable,” said Auditor Galloway in a  written statement. “

“I’m grateful to law enforcement and Iron County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker for working with me to seek justice for taxpayers in Viburnum. Next year, I’m calling on the legislature to finally pass legislation to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to more swiftly combat fraud and public corruption.”

Mayberry will return to court on August 9 for a sentencing hearing.