- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - An investigation of Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling centered on his use of public funds, according to court papers filed by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

DCI conducted the investigation of Bohling in March and April at the request of Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley. Officials had confirmed that Bohling was under investigation, but they had not said what the investigation was about.

According to an affidavit prepared by the DCI and recently filed in district court, the investigation stemmed from allegations by other county employees that Bohling had used county funds to make roughly $20,000 in “questionable” purchases - mostly of electronic devices and camera equipment.

No charges have been filed.

Bohling could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

The affidavit states that other county employees would notice Bohling purchasing items, such as table computers, but those items would disappear from the county attorney’s office.

During the course of the investigation, DCI agents had a county commissioner tell Bohling about it, after which they observed him attempting to return items from his home to his office, according to the affidavit.

Investigators later obtained a search warrant and seized more than 100 items from his office.

The court papers say investigators will check the items to see how they were used by Bohling and whether anything was not used for official government use.

Bohling was first elected as county attorney in 2002, and recently announced he would not seek re-election this year.

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