Customers show up to pay bills at Valley Electric amid CEO’s arrest for embezzlement

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The fall out continues for the CEO of a rural electric utility in southern Nevada. Angela Evans is accused of embezzlement by billing the business for $75,000 of work on her home in Pahrump.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested Evans on Tuesday, and the utility said Evans was immediately placed on administrative leave.

However, amid criminal investigations plaguing Valley Electric Association, customers in Pahrump showed up to pay their bills Wednesday.

“I don’t think it’s right. It’s wrong, and I think they should kick them off; don’t give them their jobs back,” said one Valley Electric customer.

The Sheriff’s Office said it executed search warrants Friday and Tuesday and found evidence of the alleged embezzlement.

Last Friday, the Nye County Sheriff’s office raided Valley Electric, looking for financial evidence that Evans and board members were paying off management to keep quiet about a sexual misconduct incident involving former CEO Thomas Husted.

The sheriff’s office is also investigating allegations that rate hikes might have stemmed from the use of the utility’s money to pay for the sexual harassment cover-up.

Valley Electric’s board denied the financial cover-up allegations Monday.

“It’s sad that they do things like that you know,” said a customer.  “And like I said, it’s sad to read it in the paper and to find out like that, you know cause, after all, we trust people and they shouldn’t be stealing the money from us.” 

Evans arrest Tuesday stems from accusations that she had employees move power lines behind her home underground last April, but she put the $75,000 job on Valley Electric’s tab.

Valley Electric customers can’t believe it.

“I think I should apply for the CEO job; I have a whole lot of housework that needs to be done,” said Kory DeNeal, a customer.

The sheriff’s office says someone tipped them off about Evans while they were investigating the alleged cover-up scheme involving Husted.

“I couldn’t believe it,” DeNeal said.  “I just read about it; her becoming the CEO recently you know.”

Evans was named interim CEO last April, the same month Husted left the company, and the same month she reportedly had work done at her home.

A sheriff’s report says Evans went back and forth about paying for the work, adding, if she didn’t, she would “fix it.”  She has been placed on leave.

No one else has been arrested.  Electrical services to customers have not been affected.

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