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Ada County treasurer charged with misuse of public funds

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer.

According to court records, Wasden’s office filed the complaint July 25 against Vicky McIntyre, who has overseen the finances for Ada County since 2010. A summons was issued July 26.

Scott Graf, Wasden’s spokesman, declined to comment to The Associated Press about the charges.

McIntyre did not immediately return a phone message.

Court documents show McIntyre is accused of using a county credit card for personal purchases seven different times between January 2016 and March 2018.

The Ada County board asked McIntyre earlier this year to close her county credit card. McIntyre refused and called the request “crazy” because she had already paid back the county for the purchases under question.

The charges involve using the credit card to purchase personal items, including to pay for taxis, hockey tickets and other entertainment purchases during a Las Vegas conference in March.

Other purchases cited range from using the card at a Walmart — the amount is unspecified — and Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.

The attorney general’s office began investigating McIntyre after receiving an online complaint from Ada County Commissioner David Case about her county credit card usage.

The issues had been discovered during routine review of departmental expenditures, wrote Christopher McCormick, a criminal investigator for the attorney general’s office.

McIntyre unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in the May primary against two other opponents. She came in third, with former state Rep. Julie A. Ellsworth securing the office.

Ada County commissioners said Thursday that McIntyre had been suspended with pay until further notice and Elizabeth Mahn has been appointed acting treasurer effective immediately.

“The board will await the court’s determination on the charges,” the commissioners said in a statement after meeting in an emergency session.

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