Ada County treasurer charged with misusing public funds

Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre.
Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre.

Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre was charged with seven felony counts of misuse of public funds.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, McIntyre, a former Republican candidate for Idaho treasurer, charged almost $500 in personal expenses to her county-issued credit card since January 2016.

Ada County suspended McIntyre, an elected official, from her duties after learning of the charges by the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Elizabeth Mahn will serve as acting treasurer, effective immediately, according a statement from the county.

McIntyre has an Ada County court appearance scheduled for Aug. 16.

The attorney general’s office does not comment on pending cases. But, according to documents obtained Thursday from the AG’s office, Ada County Commissioner Dave Case filed a public official corruption complaint on April 16. Under state law, the AG’s office has the authority to investigate elected county officials accused of criminal activity.

About the same time, Ada County Commissioners asked McIntyre to close her county-issued credit card because of spending concerns.

After a three-month investigation, the attorney general’s office identified seven instances in which it says McIntyre illegally used her county-issued credit card:

March 22, 2018: Bought two High Roller Ferris Wheel tickets and paid for personal ground transportation costs in Las Vegas that totaled $154.27.

Jan. 29, 2018: Purchased two tickets to a hockey game in Las Vegas for $173.

Jan. 13, 2016: Bought personal items at WalMart, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Eleven and Village Inn Restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, that totaled $171.19.

McIntyre told investigators the Las Vegas charges were incurred while she was attending a work-related conference. When later confronted by county officials about the non-conference related spending, she reimbursed the county, according to investigators.

She told investigators the Arkansas charges were incurred because she accidentally used the wrong credit card while on a personal trip. When she returned to Boise, she said she realized the mistake and wrote a reimbursement check directly to the credit card company instead of reimbursing the county. She said she did not notify county officials about the mix-up because she did not think it was required, according to the complaint.

In 2016, McIntyre came under scrutiny when the attorney general’s office charged one of her former employees with stealing from a dead man’s estate.

Cynthia Sewell is the Idaho Statesman’s government and investigative reporter. Contact her at (208) 377-6428, or @CynthiaSewell on Twitter.