Crime

Former Boise cop, wife formally arraigned on charges they stole from police association

A former Boise police officer accused of stealing money from a charitable group for law enforcement made his first court appearance on Friday, according to court records.

Mark Furniss, 46, charged Nov. 23 with grand theft, was arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise.

His wife, Sara Furniss, 40, is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday. She is being represented by Boise attorney Michael Bartlett.

Both are accused of thefts from the local Fraternal Order of Police, which supports officers and their families following injuries or death in the line of duty.

The Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office is special prosecutor on both cases. Warrants were issued Nov. 23, and the couple was arrested at their Meridian home, according to Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea. They were booked into the Ada County Jail close to midnight on Nov. 23, and they were both later released after they each posted $50,000 bond.

Magistrate Judge Daniel Steckel has set a preliminary hearing date for Mark Furniss for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 23. He is now being represented by Boise attorney Chuck Peterson, who declined to comment on the case Friday.

Mark Furniss is a former president of the Treasure Valley Lodge #11 Fraternal Order of Police. Sara Furniss was its part-time office manager for the group. The couple came under scrutiny in January, when group members discovered financial discrepancies.

The group provided information from an internal investigation to Meridian Police, who conflicted the case out to Nampa Police. Nampa doesn’t have any members in the group, said Joe Andreoli, current president of Lodge #11.

Investigators looked at five years of financial records and found evidence that tens of thousands of dollars went missing during that time, Andreoli told the Statesman.

Mark Furniss was suspended by the Boise Police Department during the investigation. He later resigned that job.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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