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

Date: January 28, 2009

Lois Van Hoover Sentenced in Grand Theft and Forgery Case

(Boise) – Former Valley County grants administrator Lois R. Van Hoover was sentenced today to up to ten years in prison, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Thomas Neville also fined Van Hoover $5,000 on each charge. The court suspended the fines and will retain jurisdiction for 180 days.

Van Hoover, 61, pleaded guilty on September 25, 2008, to one count of grand theft and one count of forgery. She was charged on December 26, 2007, with four counts of forgery and two counts of grand theft against Valley County.

Van Hoover was employed by Valley County as a grants administrator. On behalf of the county, she applied for, and was awarded, a $55,000 grant for the Big Creek/Yellow Pine Wildland Fire Clean-up. The grant was provided to clear brush and debris from both private and public land to reduce fire risk in the Yellow Pine area. She submitted two invoices totaling $52,770 to Valley County for work that she did not perform. The invoices she submitted were for reimbursement to Back Country Services, a company owned by her son, for the removal of debris. She admitted to forging her son’s signature on the invoices she submitted to Valley County. Van Hoover reimbursed the county today for the grant monies taken.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division prosecuted the case at the request of Valley County Prosecutor Matthew Williams. Deputy Attorneys General Chris Topmiller and Josh Taylor prosecuted the case.

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