Kenneth Yardley, sheriff of Beaver County, Utah, allegedly used inmates from the jail he runs to renovate his house in 2000, says the Salt Lake Tribune. Two former inmates say Yardley took them and others out of the Beaver County jail so that they could strip wallpaper, tear out cabinets, pull up carpet and move furniture. The men said they sometimes drove themselves to and from Yardley’s house in a county-owned truck, and they performed the work without a guard.
FBI agents have asked officials about the sheriff. Yardley, 63, has been sheriff since 1986. His term expires Jan 1. Yardley has said he will not seek re-election. “He just come in and got us and hauled us up there and said, ‘This is what we’re gonna’ do,’ ” one former inmate said of his first day of work on the house. “We didn’t care. It got us out of the jail cell.” In separate interviews with The Tribune, the ex-inmates said they would eat breakfast at the jail, then go to the jail’s changing room to remove their inmate clothing and put on street clothes.