Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling Charged For Alleged Misuse Of Funds
Charges have been filed against Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling stemming from allegations of using county funds to purchase cameras, computer equipment, and other items for personal use. Charges of six felonies and three misdemeanors were filed yesterday.
Bohling faces felony charges of four counts of Larceny. Other felony charges include Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property and False Swearing in Non-judicial or Non-administrative Proceeding (False Claims or Vouchers).
Misdemeanor charges include Official Misconduct, Wrongful Appropriation of Public Property, and Misuse of Office.
Bohling has been summoned to appear in Circuit Court this afternoon.
The charges come about seven months after a search warrant was served to Bohling in May.
According to court documents, a “quiet audit” of the spending in the Albany County Attorney’s Office was conducted, and a list was created of 196 items purchased between August 3, 2011 and November 5, 2013. Out of those items, only 15 could be identified by a confidential source as being used in the office. The remaining 181 items on the list totaled $14,690.68, according to court documents.
Authorities say Bohling had possession of these items himself and did not bring them to the office until after he received word in April of a possible investigation. The affidavit filed in Albany County Circuit Court states that the property was “concealed by Bohling by keeping it at some location away from the Albany County Attorney’s Office, which was the rightful owner of that property.”
A representative from the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation was not immediately available for comment. Their department helped in conducting the investigation.
Bohling first took office as County Attorney in 2003. He did not run for reelection in the November.