For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: March 20, 2006
Former Idaho Falls City Prosecutor Charged
(Boise) – The Idaho Attorney General filed a criminal complaint today charging former Idaho Falls City Prosecutor Kimball W. Mason with two counts of grand theft in violation of Idaho Code Sections 18-2403(1) and 18-2407(1)(b). Mason was also charged with one count of falsifying a public record in violation of Idaho Code Section 18-3201.
The allegations in the complaint are as follows:
Count 1 alleges that, on July 19, 2005, Mason wrongfully obtained and withheld a Ruger .357 revolver, from its owner, the City of Idaho Falls, with the intent to appropriate the gun to himself or another person.
Count 2 alleges that, on May 3, 2001, Mason wrongfully obtained and withheld a Lorcin 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol from its owner, the City of Idaho Falls, with the intent to appropriate the gun to himself or another person.
Count 3 alleges that, on February 2, 2004, Mason, while employed as the Idaho Falls City Prosecuting Attorney, willfully altered a court order signed by Judge Keith M. Walker, which was kept as part of an official government record for the State of Idaho and the City of Idaho Falls.
Under Idaho law, the maximum penalty for grand theft and falsifying a public record is up to 14 years in prison.
The complaint was filed on March 20, 2006, in the Bonneville County Magistrate Court in front of Earl Blower. Mason has been summoned to appear no later than April 3, 2006.
The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division is prosecuting the case at the request of Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Dane Watkins, Jr.
The Attorney General said that the complaint filed is merely a formal accusation and that persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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