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Rep. Ringo: Royce Chigbrow Is Lucky

tories abound related to Commissioner Chigbrow’s habit of using his position to favor some, and intimidate others.  In fact, he was officially investigated over several months on suspicion of failing to appropriately deposit checks from a taxpayer.  The allegations included his providing confidential information to a friend and receiving stolen checks totaling more than $30,000. As luck would have it, Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower announced he won’t prosecute despite evidence of wrongdoing because a statute of limitations expired on one complaint.  He found evidence on other complaints insufficient to prosecute. Prosecutor Bower received the complaint before the statute of limitations ran out. His investigation extended beyond the deadline.  Surely he was aware of timelines/Rep. Shirley Ringo, Idaho Democratic Party. More here.

Question: Did Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower blow it by not prosecuting former Tax Commissioner Royce Chigbrow?

Embattled Tax Commissioner Quits

Idaho State Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow has resigned. In a hand-delivered resignation letter sent to Gov. Butch Otter, Chigbrow wrote, “Our system of taxation is not perfect, but I tried to do my best on behalf of every Idahoan during my tenure, while treating taxpayers with the respect, fairness and dignity they deserve. … Despite all of this I know there needs to be a change”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Kevin: Idaho GOP Must Police Itself

Here’s the early leader for blog comment of the year — on one of my posts about embattled State Tax Commission chief Royce Chigbrow. “The stench of Idaho politics is making the Chicago machine look clean.” Now, I’m a dream-big and aim-high sort of guy, but let’s not flatter ourselves. Commission staffers have accused Chigbrow of some sleazy behavior — intervening on behalf of his son’s clients, harassing the company that had fired one of his friends and political allies. When it comes to corruption on a virtuoso scale, Chicago we ain’t. In the land of Ditka and deep-dish pizza, the mere suggestion constitutes fighting words/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does anyone out there truly think that Idaho politics are as corrupt as Chicago? Do dominant Idaho Republicans do a good job keeping tab on their wayward colleagues?

Idaho Tax Commission chair allegedly used position to help friend

The Associated Press reports that Idaho Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow allegedly tried to use his position to help a friend embroiled in a dispute with a former employer.

The allegations, revealed in emails and documents that the AP obtained under the Idaho Public Records Law, include that Chigbrow sought to provide his friend, Skip Hofferber, with confidential information about the firm's tax problems after the man had been fired from the company; ordered a forced tax collection against the firm; and then improperly handled two company cashier's checks totaling more than $30,000 that Hofferber gave Chigbrow at an Arid Club lunch - and that the firm later reported stolen. Read more.

Isn't it time for someone to express some shock and outrage?

Tax Commish Chair Aided Son’s Firm

The Associated Press reports today that public records it obtained under the Idaho Public Records Act show Idaho State Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow intervened on behalf of clients of his son’s accounting firm, over the objections of Tax Commission employees, bringing the clients significant breaks on their taxes. “The heavily redacted documents were among those collected by the Idaho attorney general’s office while representing the Tax Commission in a pending lawsuit that alleges commissioners have given politically connected taxpayers secret sweetheart deals for years,” reports AP reporter John Miller/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised at this point that sweetheart deals seem to be regular fare at the Idaho Tax Commission?

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