Friday, April 13, 2012
Business is booming for the Idaho Attorney General in Canyon County and so much so he might want to set up an office in the Canyon County Courthouse. Our friend and colleague Dave Frazier of the Boise Guardian offers the following:
We have had the John Bujak embezzlement case, another prosecutor's son with kiddie porn, the DMV clerks making off with hundreds of thousands of dollars, a sheriff's pose clerk charged with embezzlement, an today former maintenance supervisor has has plead guilty in a plea bargain deal to "false accounts" for work he never did.
Each time we learn of another crook in 2/C government it begs three questions:
1. Is Canyon County more corrupt than other counties?
2. Do they have a better auditing and investigation controls and methods than other counties?
3. Or is it a case of employees exploiting holes in the system and they think they won't get caught?
According to the AG, former Canyon County maintenance supervisor Andrew Eveland pleaded guilty today to four counts of presentation of false accounts, a felony, one count of grand theft, also a felony. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said Eveland entered his pleas during a hearing before Third District Judge Susan Wiebe in Canyon County.
The Canyon County Grand Jury returned an indictment on December 7th, 2011, charging Eveland with 40 counts of presentation of false accounts and one count of grand theft. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the state dismissed the remaining counts.
The indictment issued by the grand jury alleges Eveland submitted false invoices and claims to the Canyon County Commissioners for cleaning services that were never rendered at the County Juvenile Detention Facility. It also alleged Eveland wrongfully appropriated various items of county property to his own use.
AG's Special Prosecutions Unit investigated and prosecuted the case at the request of Canyon County Prosecutor Brian Taylor because it involved allegations of criminal misconduct by a former county employee.
Judge Susan Wiebe ordered a pre-sentence report and set a sentencing hearing for June 28th, 2012.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:05 PM