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Former Minidoka County Sheriff Kevin Halverson has pleaded guilty to misuse of public funds, the Idaho Attorney General reports, and will be sentenced on the felony charge Sept. 13. As part of a plea agreement, Halverson resigned as sheriff and the court may disqualify him from holding public office in the future. Also, in a related case, Minidoka sheriff's office employee Alicia Daniel was charged with a felony count of forgery for knowingly submitting false time cards. Click below for Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's full announcement; his office's special prosecutions unit was asked to investigate the case by the local county prosecutor.
Here'sa news item from the AP and the Twin Falls Times-News: RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — The sheriff of a southern Idaho county has agreed to step down amid allegations of criminal wrongdoing. Minidoka County Sheriff Kevin Halverson turned in his resignation Monday after being arraigned in a 5th District Court on a felony for misuse of public money. Halverson is accused in an investigation by the Idaho Attorney General of using a county fuel card to charge more than $241 in gasoline for personal use. The Times-News reports that (http://bit.ly/10viPfM ) Halverson will plead guilty to the charge based on a plea deal reached with prosecutors. In return, other charges uncovered during the state's investigation will not be filed with the court. The agreement also includes a stipulation that Halverson never again hold public office and will resign. His resignation is effective Monday at 5 p.m.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) ― Members of a southwestern Idaho jury decided they couldn't come to a unanimous decision on whether former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak misused public funds. Jurors on Thursday told 3rd District Court Judge G.D. Carey that they were sharply divided over a verdict. Prosecutors say Bujak mishandled money from a contract to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa. Bujak, who acted as his own attorney, countered during his trial that money exceeding the amount necessary to pay his county staff to cover Nampa cases belonged to him. With this deadlock, prosecutors must decide whether to abandon the case ― or try for a new trial. Bujak faces 14 years in prison, if convicted. He's facing other felony charges including grand theft at separate trials set for later this year.