A Meridian woman will stand trial in March after prosecutors said she stole at least $1.792 million from the Black Canyon Irrigation District.
A grand jury handed down an indictment for Catherine Skidmore of Meridian, the former secretary-treasurer of the irrigation district.
The Black Canyon Irrigation District is based in Notus and provides water to farmers and homes in Northern Canyon County and portions of Payette and Gem counties.
The US Department of Justice said Skidmore had broad authority and access to the district’s financials and fee collection. The DOJ alleged Skidmore set up a local government investment pool account with the State of Idaho without the knowledge of the Black Canyon Irrigation District and “used that account to facilitate a series of transfers of BCID funds that were ultimately used by her for her personal benefit.”
The indictment said Skidmore told the BCID board of directors and others that money went to paying expenses when it actually went to her, and that she made fake invoices to cover the transfers.
Skidmore now faces 25 counts of wire fraud and 24 counts of money laundering.
A trial is set for March 13th. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.