For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: November 20, 2003
Gary Lyman Enters Guilty Plea on Four Felonies
(Boise) - Gary Leroy Lyman has entered pleas of guilty to four felonies, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Lyman was employed as chief of staff for the mayor of Boise at the time of the offenses.
Lyman pleaded guilty to Counts 1, 2, 6 and 12 of a fourteen-count indictment returned by an Ada County Grand Jury on May 6, 2003.
Count 1 of the indictment charged Lyman with presenting a fraudulent account or voucher in violation of Idaho Code § 18-2706. The voucher sought reimbursement from the City of Boise, in the amount of $580, for tickets to a Broadway play purchased by the United States Conference of Mayors.
Count 2 charged Lyman with misuse of public money by officers in violation of Idaho Code § 18-5701. The indictment alleged that public moneys of the City of Boise were appropriated, without the authority of law, for airfare from Rochester, New York to New York City, New York for Lyman and the former mayor, H. Brent Coles. Count 2 further charged Lyman with misuse of public money by officers for lodging of Gary Lyman, Brent Coles, Susan Mimura and Andrea Dietrich, meals, and tickets to the Broadway play "Oklahoma" all associated with that November 2002 trip.
Count 6 charged Lyman with misuse of public money by officers in violation of Idaho Code § 18-5701. The indictment alleged that public moneys were used for increased airfare for Lyman and former Boise City employee Tammy Rice to Moline, Illinois, and for lodging, meals and car rental associated with a trip during the period of time from September 22, 1999 to November 29, 1999.
Count 12 charged Lyman with interception or disclosure of wire and oral communications in violation of Idaho Code § 18-6702. The indictment alleged that Lyman unlawfully intercepted an oral communication of the Boise City Council.
Under terms of the plea agreement, the state may recommend up to 4 years in prison. The State will move to dismiss the remaining 10 counts of the indictment. Those counts charged Lyman with misuse of public funds by officers, submission of a fraudulent voucher, grand theft and petit theft.
Appearing before Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail, Lyman entered a guilty plea to the 4 counts. Judge Bail ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for January 15, 2004 at 9:30 AM.
Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower referred the case to the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.
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