Idaho’s Attorney General seems to have enough criminal business among Canyon County staffers to open a branch office in Caldwell. A “clean sweep” revealed problems even with the janitor.
Our recent memory includes the former prosecutor embezzlement case, another former prosecutor’s son with kiddie porn, a pair of DMV clerks making off with nearly three quarters of a million dollars, a sheriff’s posse clerk charged with embezzlement, and today a former maintenance super plea bargains counts of “false accounts” for work he never did.
Each time we learn of another crook in 2/C government it begs three questions:
–Is Canyon more corrupt than other counties?
–Do they have better auditing and investigation techniques to catch bad guys (and gals)?
–Are the workers just dumb crooks and get caught easier?
According to the AG, Former Canyon County maintenance superintendant Andrew Eveland pleaded guilty today to four counts of presentation of false accounts, a felony under Idaho Code § 18-2706, and one count of grand theft, also a felony under Idaho Code §§ 18-2403(1) and 18-2407(1)(b)(8), 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 7, 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 that Eveland submitted false invoices and claims to the Canyon County Commissioners for cleaning services that were never rendered at the Canyon County Juvenile Detention Center. It also alleged that Eveland wrongfully appropriated various items of county property to his own use.
The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit investigated and prosecuted the case at the request of the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney, because it involved allegations of criminal misconduct by a former county employee.
Judge Wiebe ordered a pre-sentence report and set a sentencing hearing for June 28, 2012.
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