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

Date: April 6, 2011

Former Sewer District Manager Faces 13 Felony Charges

(Boise) – Dorothy McCarty was arraigned in Seventh District Court today on charges that she knowingly presented fraudulent bills to the Iona-Bonneville Sewer District, appropriated cash from the sewer district funds, and billed the sewer district for computer items that were not used by the district.  After being advised of the charges against her by District Court Judge Jon J. Shindurling, McCarty entered not guilty pleas on all counts.  The court scheduled a jury trial for July 18.

McCarty, a 64-year-old resident of Idaho Falls, was the manager of McCarty Management at the time of the alleged crimes.  McCarty Management had an agreement with the Iona-Bonneville Sewer District to provide management services to the district.

On March 16, 2011, a Bonneville County grand jury returned an indictment charging McCarty with 13 counts of Misuse of Public Moneys by Public Officers.  Five counts are based on allegations that McCarty presented fraudulent bills to the sewer district.  Seven of the counts are based on allegations that she willfully failed to deposit cash into the sewer district’s accounts.  The last count alleges that McCarty billed the sewer district for computer equipment that she appropriated to her own personal use.

Counts 1 through 5 of the indictment are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.  Counts 6 through 13 are each punishable by one to 14 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The former Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney, Dane Watkins, referred this case to the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit for investigation and prosecution.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted that an indictment is only an allegation and that a defendant in a criminal case is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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