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

Date: July 13, 2006

Grand Jury Indicts Pamela Dugger

(Boise) – A Canyon County grand jury indicted former Homedale City Clerk, Pamela Dugger, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

The grand jury charged Dugger with nine felony crimes; eight counts of misuse of public funds and one count of grand theft by embezzlement.

Wasden said seven of the misuse of public funds counts alleges that Dugger used a city credit card to purchase personal items from the Caldwell Wal-Mart Supercenter. The eighth count allege that Dugger obtained a travel advance for travel and meals to attend an out-of-state training seminar. Dugger allegedly used her city credit card to purchase gas and food while attending the seminar.

The grand theft by embezzlement charge alleges that Dugger charged more than $1,000 using her city credit card to pay for gasoline for her personal vehicle for unauthorized local travel.

The maximum penalty for misuse of public money is 10 years in prison and permanently prohibits Dugger from holding any public office in Idaho. The maximum penalty for grand theft by embezzlement is 14 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The Attorney General said that an indictment 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.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General's Criminal Law Division handled the case at the request of the Owyhee and Canyon County Prosecuting Attorneys offices.

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