December 13, 2006 in Idaho

Little League treasurer enters guilty plea

The Spokesman-Review
 

A former Post Falls Little League treasurer pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Jan. 9 for stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.

James A. Harris, 38, entered an Alford plea to avoid a trial on charges of grand theft. By entering an Alford plea, Harris did not admit to the crime, only that there is likely enough evidence for a conviction.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek a sentence greater than that recommended by the presentence investigator.

Harris turned himself in to Post Falls police on Oct. 1 after nearly two months on the lam. He reportedly stole more than $30,000 from the Little League bank accounts and from the organization’s fundraising efforts.

The Post Falls Little League includes 55 teams with a total of around 600 players.

– Taryn Brodwater

Boise

Doctor sentenced in Botox shots fraud

A Boise doctor has been sentenced to six months in prison for injecting 200 of his patients with an unapproved toxin that was labeled “not for human use” when they came to him for Botox treatments.

Dr. Ivyl Wells, former operator of Skinovative Laser Center in the Boise Towne Square Mall, admitted in a plea agreement that he saw the warning labels and knew the TRI Toxin he had ordered from Arizona was not FDA-approved Botox. Wells mixed the two half-and-half and injected them into patients as a treatment for wrinkles.

Some patients suffered headaches and other symptoms for six months following the procedures. The unapproved toxin cost the doctor about half as much as real Botox. Wells, who surrendered his Idaho medical license after charges were filed in October of 2005, pleaded guilty in July to four counts of fraud. He’s paid more than $88,000 in refunds to his victims for the fees they paid him for the pricey treatments.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge also ordered him to pay a $40,000 fine, perform 300 hours of community service, and serve two years of supervised release after his prison time, including six months of home detention.

– Betsy Z. Russell

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