New theft charge filed against former Pavillion Town Clerk

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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(Riverton, WY) – 48-year-old Rebecca Milleson, aka Rebecca Hatcher, faces an aggregate larceny by bailee felony charge for recently discovered transactions made in May and June of 2013.

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Milleson was charged with an aggregate theft felony back in February, after reportedly taking $34,399.67 from the Town of Pavillion, which she paid back in full at the end of January, according to court documents.

Milleson entered into a “not guilty” plea to this charge during her District Court arraignment hearing on March 23rd, and at that time a jury trial was scheduled for July 19th, 2021.

The new aggregate larceny by bailee felony charge holds a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

According to a circuit court affidavit filed June 22nd, current Pavillion Mayor Matt Pattison contacted a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Detective on March 23rd, 2021, to inform him that then Mayor Charles Snyder had resigned from his position, and that he had been appointed Mayor.

Mayor Pattison informed the Detective, “it was his intention to push forward with investigating the towns financial records to ensure there were no other town funds missing and/or misused by past Town Clerk Rebecca ‘Hatcher aka Milleson.'”

On March 29th, 2021, Mayor Pattison informed the same Detective that the Town of Pavillions’ current bank account had been open since September of 2018, and that the previous account at a different bank was supposed to have been closed on September 10th, 2018. This closure date is supported by Pavillion Town Council meeting minute logs.

However, Pattison reportedly uncovered that this account did not close until 2020, and that a credit card issued to ‘Hatcher aka Milleson,’ attached to the account was active until February of 2021.

According to the report, “there were hundreds of charges made on the credit card.”

The unapproved transactions occurring in 2013 between May 7th, and June 7th, which were “the type one would have when paying for a wedding,” totalled $3,686.99, and paid for the following:

  • $300 on May 7th, to a Lexington, Kentucky photographer
  • $450 on May 13th, to an Owensboro, Kentucky DJ service
  • $735 on May 17th, to the same photographer
  • $500 on May 20th, to a Louisville, Kentucky florist
  • $900.15 on June 4th, to Kay Jewelers in Louisville, Kentucky
  • $387.84 on June 5th, to a Hobby Lobby store in Louisville, Kentucky
  • $186 on June 6th, to nail salon in Bardstown, Kentucky
  • $178.08 on June 7th, to a bridal and tuxedo service in Bardstown, Kentucky

According to the affidavit, “All of the above charges were ultimately paid off via the Town of Pavillion bank account,” and that the affiant (a person who swears to an affidavit), “knows defendant has significant family ties to Kentucky.”

Milleson’s case has now been bound to the District Court, with a preliminary hearing date to be determined.

County 10 will provide more updates on the case as they become available, which can be found here.

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