AG investigating Ada County treasurer spending
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
The Idaho Attorney General's Office is investigating personal purchases made by Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre.
Ada County Clerk Chris Rich says that a routine audit uncovered personal purchases made by McIntyre at a Las Vegas conference in March, using a county credit card.
Rich says McIntyre paid $173 for two tickets to a hockey game made two other entertainment purchases through ticket master for $104 as well as paid for taxis.
In an off-camera interview with KBOI2 Monday, McIntyre said she reimbursed the county for the expenses and says that was her intention all along.
Rich is recommending commissioners cancel her county credit card and says this is the first time in more than 20 years working at the clerk's office that he's ever made such a recommendation.
"There's this instance of using the credit card for personal expenses and she's done it previously," Rich told KBOI2.
Rich says in 2016 there were four instances when McIntyre used the county credit card for personal expenses totaling $171, money that was also reimbursed.
So this is a case where you think she should have known better, KBOI2 asked Rich.
"Absolutely," he said.
Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre declined to talk to me on camera but off camera says this is nothing but a disagreement between her and the county clerk.
Although county policy forbids using county credit cards to purchase any personal items, McIntyre told KBOI2 she doesn't know "the rules by heart".
County Commissioner David Case, who says the Attorney General's office is looking into the matter, also says no decision has been made.
But he's personally inclined to do what the county clerk recommends.
"The facts are there appears to be some inappropriate purchases," Case said. "I don't know what the misunderstanding would be, that's for other people to decide."