/ Modified dec 30, 2020 5:52 p.m.

Navajo County health boss indicted on theft, fraud charges

Indictment alleges Jeffrey Lee misused county funds

Jeffrey Lee Jeffrey Lee, Navajo County
Courtesy of Navajo County, AZ

A former Coconino County official who went on to oversee the public health agency in Navajo County has been indicted on 16 counts of theft, misuse of public money and fraud.

The indictment announced Tuesday comes on the heels of a state audit that found Jeffrey Lee used purchase cards issued to him in both counties for personal benefit.

Navajo County says it's placed Lee on administrative leave from his job overseeing the health department. Lee previously served as an emergency preparedness manager for Coconino County.

Lee referred The Associated Press to his attorney, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

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