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

Date: January 15, 2004

Gary L. Lyman Sentenced

(Boise) - Gary Leroy Lyman was sentenced today for presenting a fraudulent voucher, misuse of public funds and electronic eavesdropping of an executive session of the Boise City Council. Lyman was employed as chief of staff for the mayor of Boise at the time of the offenses.

Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail sentenced Lyman to 1 to 5 years in prison on each of the four counts. The court suspended the prison sentence and ordered Lyman to serve 6 months in the Ada County jail on each count. The jail terms are to run concurrently. Lyman also will serve 5 years on probation. In addition, Judge Bail ordered Lyman to pay $50,000 to the City of Boise to reimburse 50% of the city's expenses for an audit and $2,548.76 in restitution.

The court's entry of judgment on the misuse of public funds charge permanently prohibits Lyman from holding any public office in Idaho.

On November 20, 2003, 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. Each of those counts charged Lyman with a felony.

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 in 2002 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 on or about October 23, 2001.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the court dismissed the remaining 10 counts of the indictment.

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

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