Ada County treasurer enters not guilty plea to 7 counts of misuse of public funds

Vicky McIntyre
Vicky McIntyre

The attorney for Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has filed a not guilty plea on her behalf after she was charged with seven counts of felony misuse of public funds late last month.

According to a criminal complaint, McIntyre, who was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Idaho treasurer, charged $500 in personal expenses to her county-issued credit card since January 2016.

McIntyre’s attorney, Eric Rossman, filed the plea and demand for a jury trial on Thursday. Her arraignment is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

After learning of the charges in July, the Ada County commissioners suspended McIntyre from her elected position.

After a three-month investigation, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office identified seven instances in which the office 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.

In an April debate on Idaho Public Television, when McIntyre was running for state treasurer, she answered a question about the attorney general’s investigation and the county commissioners’ complaints about her use of funds at a conference in Las Vegas.

“People know that I don’t get along well with the board of county commissioners because I believe I’m equal to them, and I think they believe I’m less than them,” she said during the debate.

McIntyre said the hockey tickets in Vegas were purchased while she was there at a conference.

“They booked the tickets for the Golden Knights hockey team, they invoiced for the hockey team, it was attended by the treasurers and other people attending that conference,” she said during the debate. “So I believed that it was a conference event. When the (Ada County) clerk came and approached me to say that he didn’t think it was a conference event, we said, ‘Fine, we’ll reimburse the county.’ I call it a non-issue.”