For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: June 14, 2012
Former Sewer District Manager Sentenced
(Boise) – Dorothy McCarty was sentenced in Seventh District Court in Idaho Falls today for failing to deposit more than $1,000 cash into the Iona-Bonneville Sewer District’s account. McCarty, a 67-year-old resident of Idaho Falls, was the manager of McCarty Management at the time of the crime. McCarty Management had an agreement with the Iona-Bonneville Sewer District to provide management services to the district.
Seventh District Court Judge Jon J. Shindurling sentenced McCarty to 5 years probation and imposed a $1,000 fine. During her probation, she is prohibited from holding employment in which she would be directly responsible for handling money. In addition, McCarty must pay court costs and $2,248.45 in restitution to the Iona-Bonneville Sewer 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 were based on allegations that McCarty presented fraudulent bills to the sewer district. Seven counts were based on allegations that she willfully failed to deposit cash into the sewer district’s accounts. One count alleged that McCarty billed the sewer district for computer equipment that she appropriated to her own personal use.
On November 9, 2011, McCarty pleaded guilty to Count 6 of the indictment. Pursuant to a written plea agreement, the remaining charges were dismissed. McCarty entered an “Alford plea,” thereby admitting that the state has sufficient evidence that a jury would likely find her guilty.
The former Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney, Dane Watkins, Jr., referred this case to the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit for investigation and prosecution.
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