Idaho police union head and wife indicted on charges of embezzling thousands from members
The former head of an Idaho police union and his wife were taken into custody Friday night on charges that they embezzled thousands of dollars over a period of years from the union he headed.
According to the KTFB, Mark and Sara Furniss were both booked on grand theft charges before being released on bond.
Furniss was hired originally as a Boise police officer in July 2007 and eventually became the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Treasure Valley Lodge #11, where his wife took a job as a part-time office manager.
According to the current president of the lodge, the members of the executive board noticed discrepancies in the union’s finances back in January at which time Furniss and his wife were both asked to step down. Investigators reviewed financial records dating back five years and discovered evidence that suggested tens of thousands of dollars were missing.
Boise Police Dept. spokeswoman Haley Williams said that Furniss was suspended once the investigation began and that he later resigned from the force.
Current union head Joseph Andreoli said the union has enacted new financial controls and that he hopes they will recover the lost funds via insurance and restitution from the couple.
Mark Furniss has a court date on grand theft charge on December 2, while his wife is due in court on Dec. 5.
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