Monday, January 20, 2014

Former East Idaho Councilman's Work Release Suspended, Ordered Back to Jail

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Saying he didn't want a former East Idaho lawmaker to get preferential treatment, a judge has nixed the work release for the former Rigby councilman convicted of insurance fraud.

Reid Blackburn was arrested in May 2013 following an investigation by the Idaho Attorney General's Office, which alleged that Blackburn falsely identified himself as the son of a 91-year-old annuity applicant. He was also accused of using the money from the applicant's estate for a variety of personal expenses. Blackburn entered an Alford plea, allowing him to assert his innocence, while admitting that he could be found guilty based on the evidence.

In November 2013, Blackburn was ordered to spend 150 days in jail, 10 years on probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.

But Blackburn has been on work release through the Jefferson County jail.

That is, until now. The Idaho Falls Post Register reports that 7th District Judge Gregory Moeller has suspended Blackburn's work release and ordered him back behind bars.

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