(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Shoshone County woman was sentenced Wednesday, April 10, for misuse of public moneys by public officials and employees.
48-year-old Kelli Jane Garcia of Kellogg pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count just before her sentencing. At the time of the offense, Garcia was the Shoshone County coroner.
First District Court Judge Scott Wayman withheld judgment, then sentenced Garcia to one year of unsupervised probation with 100 hours of community service. The judge also ordered the defendant to pay a $500 fine and court costs.
An investigation revealed that while serving as coroner in 2017, Garcia used a county credit card to make personal purchases while attending out-of-town conferences. She later reimbursed the county for the charges. Under Idaho law, any use of public moneys by a public official for personal use is illegal.
Deputy Attorney General Jessica Kuehn in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.