Former Ada County employee, state worker face theft, forgery charges

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged an Ada County worker and a state worker with multiple theft and felony charges involving estate cases handled by the Ada treasurer’s office in 2014.

Both workers are accused of stealing and then forging a $31,349 check drawn on an Ada County Treasurer’s Office account; forging a will; and stealing from the estates of three deceased people. The state worker is also accused of forging two vehicle titles.

Former Ada County Treasurer’s Office employee Eleasha Lenee Jenkins, 43, faces three counts of grand theft and two counts of forgery. Idaho State Security Manager April Lynn Rice, 43, faces three counts of grand theft and five counts of forgery.

According to the complaint filed in 4th District Court, the charges involve the administration of estates in which someone dies without a will or any heirs. The treasurer’s office handles such cases.

According to the state, Rice was appointed state security manager in 2008. She oversees security at the Capitol Mall and other state buildings. Rice was suspended without pay earlier this month, said Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Blume.

The Statesman has requested comment from Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre on Jenkins’ employment with the county and her pending charges.

Neither woman has been arrested. They were summoned to appear at an arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Ada County Courthouse.

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office said it has been investigating the case for several months. It declined to comment further.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell