RUPERT — Former Minidoka Sheriff Kevin Halverson pleaded guilty today to a charge of felony misuse of public moneys by a public officer during an appearance in Minidoka County Fifth District Court.
Halverson resigned July 1, 10 days after he was charged. Halverson was accused of using a Minidoka County gas card to purchase fuel for personal use rather than as part of his job. The resignation came as part of a plea deal with the Attorney General's Office, which handled the prosecution.
Minidoka County Prosecutor Lance Stevenson asked Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office to investigate Halverson's gas purchases when bills charged with his card appeared unusually high. Prosecutors claimed Halverson used the card to buy gas between November 2012 and January of this year for a woman who worked at the county.
When he was first confronted, Halverson denied making personal purchases with the card.
Halverson will be sentenced Sept. 13. He could face a jail term and possibly lose his right to hold public office in the future.
A second employee in the sheriff's office was charged today with a felony count of forgery. Alice "Alicia" Daniel was accused of submitting fraudulently filled out timecards between April 2012 and April of this year.