For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: May 7, 2003

Grand Jury Indicts Brent Coles and Gary Lyman

(Boise) - An Ada County grand jury yesterday indicted former Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles and former chief of staff Gary Lyman, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

A summons was issued ordering Coles to appear in Fourth District Court for arraignment on May 12. Lyman was summoned to appear on May 14 for arraignment.

The grand jury charged Coles with 5 felony crimes, including one count of presenting a fraudulent account or voucher, in violation of Idaho Code § 18-2706 and four counts of misuse of public money by officers in violation of Idaho Code § 18-5701.

Lyman is charged with 13 felonies and 1 misdemeanor. The felony charges against Lyman include 2 counts of presentation of a fraudulent account or voucher in violation of Idaho Code §18-2706, 9 counts of misuse of public money by officers in violation of Idaho Code §18-5701,1 count of interception or disclosure of wire or oral communications in violation of Idaho Code §18-6702(1)(a), and 1 count of grand theft in violation of Idaho Code §18-2403 and 18-2407(1)(b)(1) and (8). Lyman is also charged with 1 count of petit theft, a misdemeanor, in violation of Idaho Code §18-2403 and 18-2407(2).

Wasden said the misuse of public funds and presentation of fraudulent voucher counts against both defendants relate to improper travel expenses.

The Attorney General said that the communications interception charge against Lyman relates to unauthorized interception of oral communications during an October 23, 2001 executive session of the Boise City Council. The grand theft charge relates to two laptop computers owned by the City of Boise. The misdemeanor count against Lyman charges him with petit theft relating to office furniture and equipment owned by the City of Boise.

The Attorney General said that an indictment is merely a formal accusation and that persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was referred to the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution by Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower.

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