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

Date: July 30, 2013

Former Minidoka County Sheriff pleads Guilty, Employee Charged

(Boise) - Kevin Halverson, the former Sheriff of Minidoka County, pleaded guilty today to a felony charge of misuse of public moneys by a public officer, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Halverson entered his plea in Fifth District Court in Minidoka County. District Judge Robert J. Elgee accepted the plea, ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for 10:30 AM on September 13, 2013.

By pleading guilty, Halverson admitted he knowingly used a Minidoka County gas card to purchase fuel for personal purposes. As part of his plea agreement with the state, Halverson resigned as sheriff on July 1, 2013, and the court may disqualify him from holding public office in the future.

In a related case, the Attorney General today charged Minidoka County Sheriff's Office employee Alice "Alicia" Daniel with the felony crime of forgery. The complaint alleges that between April 2012 and April, 2013, Daniel knowingly and with the intent to defraud the county made, or submitted as true and genuine, false timecards.

The court issued a summons, ordering Daniel to appear on August 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

Attorney General Wasden noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Halvorson and Daniel cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Unit at the request of Minidoka County Prosecuting Attorney Lance D. Stevenson.

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