- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho authorities have cleared the Madison County Sheriff’s Office of any wrongdoing after some residents said concealed weapon permit funds were misused.

In 2013 and 2014, the office spent a total of about $60,000 in concealed weapon permit funds on things like a used car, weapons for deputies and tile and carpet for the office, reported The Post Register (https://bit.ly/1SCxj7N ).

Madison County Dan Roberts complained about how the funds were used, but in a Jan. 22 letter, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office wrote that the money wasn’t spent with intent to defraud taxpayers.

Madison County Sheriff Roy Klingler said Monday he hadn’t seen the letter but expected to be cleared of wrongdoing.

“Personally, I felt the whole thing was nothing more than people taking a shot in the dark at the Sheriff’s Office,” Klingler said.

The letter says the sheriff’s office was complying with Idaho Code as it existed at the time, because it allowed the broad use of concealed weapon permit funds to execute the sheriff’s duties, which included office expenditures.

The Idaho Code was changed July 1 to say the permit fees can only be used on items directly related to the licensing process.

“The possibility of such a broad statutory interpretation” in the earlier language “indicates a lack of intent on the part of the Madison County Sheriff to violate this statute,” Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther wrote in the letter.

Panther said the investigation is concluded and no further action will be taken.

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Information from: Post Register, https://www.postregister.com

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