BLM employee indicted for theft of government property totalling nearly $47,000
Katrina Telleria, 34 of Boise, was indicted on 21 felony counts of theft of government property, 17 misdemeanors counts of theft of government property, and three felony false statement counts.
From 2008 to 2011, Katrina Telleria was a Bureau of Land Management administrative assistant authorized to use a government-issued MasterCard to make purchases for office supplies, firefighting operations, and administrative purposes, including an incentive gift card program in the BLM’s Boise District Office Fire Program. According to the indictment, the gift cards purchased by Telleria were to be distributed to district office fire supervisors to award employees.
Instead, Telleria allegedly used the credit card to purchase “general-use gift cards” (American Express cards, Visa cards, and cards issued by MasterCard), which she then stole and appropriated to her own personal use. There were nearly 200 “general-use gift cards” and government equipment that she allegedly stole, amounting to a loss of nearly $47,000.
“After a thorough investigation by BLM's Law Enforcement Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office, a government employee has been charged with the fraudulent diversion of government funds,” said BLM State Director Steve Ellis.