In the spring, KTVB reported that the District of Horseshoe Bend Fire Protection announced that an unidentified member had been abandoned for allegedly using district funds for personal use.
However, KTVB obtained court documents showing that it was Curtis Corvinus who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire District when he was district chief. Corvinus currently sits on Horseshoe Bend City Council.
Court documents show that he now faces a felony charge of grand theft.
In a complaint filed in May, the Boise County District Attorney said that while serving as an employee or public servant, Corvinus “misused public money” between November 2021 and March 2022.
The complaint alleges that Corvinus used money from the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department’s “exhaustion” account to pay for personal expenses, and did not deposit charitable cash donations.
In total, Corvinus is accused of using $3,668.53 of county funds without permission.
An amended complaint filed in early September changes the charge to grand larceny, stating that Corvinus improperly took the money “with the intent of assigning certain property to himself for another person.”
KTVB has reached out to the new fire chief, Jeff Johnson, who said he discovered the theft in the department’s bank statements when he was an aide to the president.
In April, Johnson posted on the department’s Facebook — and did not specifically mention Corvinus — but said one member had fully admitted to using the department’s funds for personal use. Johnson says the Boise County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter — and Corvinus cooperated.
During his dismissal from the Fire Protection District, Corvinus currently holds his seat on Horseshoe Bend City Council. They are two separate entities.
The city’s attorney told KTVB that Idaho law states that an office can become vacant “when the office holder has been convicted of a felony or other public crime involving a violation of the oath of office.” The office can also become vacant if the official resigns in writing.
Neither of these conditions occurred,” Anthony Pantera wrote in a statement, “Mr Corvinus is reported to be charged with a felony and, under the Idaho Constitution, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Therefore, Pantera says he is still eligible for an elected position.
KTVB reached out to Corvinus via his city’s email to see if he wanted to comment. As of Thursday afternoon, there was no response.
Corvinus originally had a preliminary hearing Monday in Boise County. The county attorney’s office told me it plans to waive that, which means Corvinus will be tried in county court, likely sometime in October.
Meanwhile, Johnson said this exposes vulnerabilities in their system. Facebook wrote that they are learning from this mistake and are implementing checks and balances to ensure all funds are fully protected in the future.
He also said the entire town had rallied together to support the area and help get it back on its feet.