Ex-Horseshoe Bend School District official pleads guilty to stealing public funds

A former business manager for the Horseshoe Bend School District pleaded guilty to one count of felony misuse of public funds, according to Boise County Prosecutor Jolene Maloney.

Robb Thomas Greiner was charged with four felonies last September. A jury trial was set to begin Thursday, but Greiner reached a plea deal with prosecutors last week.

Greiner will be sentenced at 10 a.m., Oct. 8 at the Boise County Courthouse. He faces up to 14 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Chuck Peterson, Greiner’s attorney, was not available for comment Thursday.

Greiner was accused of taking about $53,000 from the school district during 2 1/2 years with the district, a school board official told the Statesman last fall.

The Horseshoe Bend School District has about 43 employees, serves about 240 students and has a budget of $1.6 million. The duties of business manager include payroll and paying bills. Greiner’s salary was $51,000.

One of the ways that Greiner is believed to have stolen money from the school district was by writing checks to himself. The district had a protection in place — the requirement that checks also be signed by a board member — but that failed, a district official said. A bank cashed the checks despite the lack of second signature.

“We’ve instituted more checks and balances than that. We see every statement, we see everything that goes in and out,” said Tina McDonald, who was chairman of the school board last year. She has since stepped down.

Laura Baker, who was hired to succeed Greiner, discovered discrepancies and brought them to the attention of school officials. Baker was appointed Boise County commissioner in June and has since left the school district.