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Former Idaho state Rep. Green sentenced to federal prison for role in tax fraud scheme

UPDATED: Fri., June 25, 2021

Rep. John Green, right, asks a question during testimony before the House Commerce and Human Rights Committee regarding PTSD legislation at the Idaho State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.  (Brian Myrick)
Rep. John Green, right, asks a question during testimony before the House Commerce and Human Rights Committee regarding PTSD legislation at the Idaho State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Brian Myrick)

Former Idaho Rep. John O. Green was sentenced to federal prison for six months on Tuesday after being found guilty last year of a felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

The former Republican representative from Post Falls was ordered to pay nearly $680,000 in restitution and will be on probation for three years after his imprisonment ends. He has appealed the sentence, handed down in U.S. District Court in Texas, to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Green was sentenced along with Thomas Selgas, an inventor Green co-conspired with when he represented Selgas as an attorney about 22 years ago.

According to court records, Green allowed Selgas to put money in his attorney-trust account to avoid detection by the Internal Revenue Service.

Selgas received an 18-month sentence, and must pay back $1.3 million in restitution.

The day after the verdict, Idaho House of Representatives voted 65-0 to remove Green from his seat. The Idaho State Constitution does not allow those convicted of felonies to hold civil office.

The House seat formerly held by Green is held by state Rep. Doug Okuniewicz, who won election in November.

The case has lasted for almost three years. Green filed two motions for a new trial in 2020, but both were denied.

The former state representative is not in custody.

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