Former CAT-10 director to be charged today

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Five embezzlement charges are expected to be filed today against the former director of Carson Access Television, according to Carson City District Attorney Noel Waters.

Executive director Craig Swope was fired from his position last fall following his alleged admission in June that he'd been using money from the business account because of a gambling problem.

About $80,000 is unaccounted for, police records indicate.

The station receives $110,000 a year from the city to operate and broadcast its public meetings on its second channel, Channel 26.

The money comes from Charter Communications cable customers, who pay 5 percent of their bill to cover the city franchise fees.

City supervisors directed City Manager Linda Ritter to start overseeing operations at Carson Access Television and will pay her a bonus of up to $1,000 at the end of the year if she does.

At radio station KPTL-AM in Carson City, Swope was news director, general manager and a well-known on-air personality for 15 years before taking over CAT-10 in 1998.

Contact F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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