Ada County prosecutors have been called in to help prosecute a former coordinator of the Canyon County Meals on Wheels program and the Caldwell Senior Center, charged with stealing from both organizations.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that 55-year-old Paige McMichael of Caldwell faces two felony counts of grand theft in connection with using more than $12,000 in Caldwell Senior Center funds and more than $2,000 in Meals On Wheels funds for personal purchases at Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.
“She went and got a Costco card, and she was charging all kinds of stuff to this card,” Bob Sobba, president of Canyon County Meals on Wheels told the Press-Tribune. “We have no reason to have a Costco card. Our office is about 10 or 12 square feet, we have a computer in there and a part-time person who sets up the meals, so we just trusted her. It’s been 40 years since we’ve been there, and we’ve always had reliable people.”
McMichael's pretrial conference is set for Monday, Feb. 4, in a Canyon County court.