JEROME, Idaho — A former Minidoka County Sheriff's Office employee who falsified timecards while having an affair with the then-sheriff has been sentenced to two years of probation.
Alice "Alicia" Falcon Daniel, 54, also was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine when she was sentenced Monday in 5th District Court, the Times-News in Twin Falls reported (http://bit.ly/1CVbTaB ).
A Minidoka County jury convicted Daniel in February of one count of felony fraudulent claims with the intent to defraud. Former Sheriff Kevin Halverson pleaded guilty last year to misuse of public funds and spent three months in jail, the newspaper reported.
Despite the jury's decision, Daniel denied that she made false claims on her timecard.
"I know that I was wrong having this relationship," Daniel said. "I allowed Kevin to influence me with the promises that he made. My whole world revolved around that relationship. However, my job was still my job."
Judge John Butler said the county has some responsibility because Daniel was not properly supervised by the sheriff and undersheriff.
"There is a lot of criticism to go around to a lot of people," Butler said.
He also questioned why the undersheriff, Vic Watson, didn't look into potential problems with Daniel's timecard.
"What troubles me is Vic Watson testified he had suspicions that you were not accurately recording your time," Butler told Daniel. "It bothers me when a law enforcement officer has suspicions, reasonable or otherwise, and in the end he does not do what he would do on other cases."
Joseph Filicetti, Daniel's attorney, said his client has not acknowledged wrongdoing and asked the judge to sentence her to 30 to 60 days in jail.
"Two and a half years of media scrutiny in a small town should be significant punishment in this case," Filicetti said.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com
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