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Former head of Idaho patriot group arrested, accused of stealing from property owners


The Idaho State Police spent nearly two years investigating Curtiss ... Clients said Curtiss collected rent from tenants of homes and apartments he managed for them but failed to deliver the money to them. The alleged thefts took place between January ...


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Brandon Curtiss speaks to reporters at the Malheur National Refuge outside Burns, Oregon, in January 2016Curtiss, then president of 3% of Idaho, joined a group of armed men who set up a security perimeter during a standoff at the refuge Rick Bowmer The Associated Press Brandon Curtiss speaks to reporters at the Malheur National Refuge outside Burns, Oregon, in January 2016Curtiss, then president of 3% of Idaho, joined a group of armed men who set up a security perimeter during a standoff at the refuge Rick Bowmer The Associated Press jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.leadAssets.init(); }); Crime Former head of Idaho patriot group arrested, accused of stealing from property owners By John Sowell jsowell@idahostatesman.com LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story $(document).ready(function () { mi.articleShareTools.init({ nextLinkedin: '14371', nextPinterest: '14406' }); mi.socialSharingScroll.init(); }); February 06, 2018 03:56 PM A former leader of an Idaho militia group who authorities say kept rent payments meant for clients of his now-defunct property-management companies was arrested Tuesday and jailed in Boise. Brandon RCurtiss, 43, of Payette, is charged with 19 felony counts of grand theft, one for each of 19 victims, said Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu. Curtiss is accused of stealing $87,000 in allHe was being held on $150,000 bailIf convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison on each count. The Idaho State Police spent nearly two years investigating Curtiss, a former police officer in North Idaho who later led a group called 3% of Idaho, a branch of a militia movement that said it was devoted to “freedom, liberty and the Constitution.” The investigation concerned his businesses, Curtiss Property Management and Liberty Property Management, which he operated from a Meridian office. jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.renderNewsletterIframe.init({ container: '#newsletter-signUpWidget', url: 'http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=108,http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=112,http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=104' }); }); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.calltoActionCtrl.init(); }); Clients said Curtiss collected rent from tenants of homes and apartments he managed for them but failed to deliver the money to themThe alleged thefts took place between January 2013 and August 2016, according to the criminal complaint. Among the alleged victims are Aaron and Leslie Boyce of the Portland areaThey hired Curtiss in March 2013 to manage two four-plex apartments they bought near West Fairview Avenue and North Cloverdale Road Before the end of 2013, Curtiss stopped submitting rent payments, so the couple sued in Ada County District CourtThey won a judgment of $19,726, plus $48,823 in attorney fees and costsThey still have not received any money from Curtiss, Leslie Boyce said Tuesday “It has taken way too long for the wheels of justice to begin turning,” Boyce told the Idaho Statesman“We look forward to seeing Brandon Curtiss answer before a judge and jury for what he has done.” It is unclear whether the state police also looked into allegations from members of 3% of Idaho that Curtiss spent money from the group’s bank account on personal expenses Thirty-six members of the group resigned in September 2016 after accusing Curtiss of improperly spending $2,901 in donations earmarked for four Idaho men accused in the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in NevadaISP spokesman Tim Marsano declined to say Tuesday whether the investigation included those allegations. The group has reorganized under different leadershipThe website used by Curtiss when he headed the group is no longer active. Curtiss had joined a group of armed men who occupied the headquarters of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Oregon, in January 2016 in a protest over grazing rights on federal landThree weeks later, he filed for bankruptcy, his third filing since 2001 The bankruptcy is still pendingA report filed last month by the bankruptcy trustee said the trustee planned to pay $2,020 to unsecured creditors from $2,843 taken from CurtissOne of his former clients, Martinique Properties of Meridian, is scheduled to receive $790.34 out of a claim of $22,350 State police opened their investigation in May 2016 after 17 of Curtiss’ clients filed complaints and met with lawyers at the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Curtiss has had other legal troubles, tooLast summer, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disturbing the peace after he pulled a gun on a woman who served him with a court summons at his home in FruitlandHe was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but 40 days suspendedA Payette County judge said he would credit him two days for every day he spent on a county work crewHe was arrested in December after failing to report to the work crewCourt records said he was sentenced to the full 40 days He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Ada County Magistrate Court on the theft charges. 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