Kevin Halverson, the former sheriff of Minidoka County, admitted to misusing to the public money today, pleading guilty to a felony charge in Idaho's Fifth District Court.
By pleading guilty, Halverson admitted he knowingly used a Minidoka County gas card to purchase fuel for personal purposes. Halverson resigned as sheriff on July 1.
In a related case, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today charged Minidoka County Sheriff's Office employee Alice Daniel with a felony crime of forgery. The complaint alleges that between April 2012 and April of this year, Daniel knowingly and with the intent to defraud the county made, or submitted as true and genuine, false timecards.
The AG's office was called in to investigate after Kevin Halverson was accused of using a government credit card to buy gasoline for a female employee. The AG's office uncovered at least four instances of Halverston using the gas card for personal use.
Court documents also alleged a personal relationship between Halverson and the woman.
Meanwhile, Eric Snarr was sworn into office July 25 to replace Halverson. Snarr will serve until the next mid-term election in 2014.