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Former Boise mayor & wife face $44K Idaho tax lien

Former Boise mayor & wife face $44K Idaho tax lien

BOISE -- Idaho levied a tax lien against former Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles, saying he and his wife, Julie, owe $44,691.31 in unpaid individual income taxes.

Coles was Boise's mayor from 1993 to 2003, leaving amid allegations of illegal travel.

Coles acknowledged filing a false reimbursement for tickets to a Broadway show in New York City in 2002, when he and his former chief of staff, Gary Lyman, allegedly used taxpayer money inappropriately to pay for airfare, lodging, meals and car rental.

He was convicted in 2003 of felony counts of misusing public funds and spent six months in jail.

His record was cleared of the felony in 2007 in a deal with the courts that required him to complete all the terms of his probation.

Coles has an unlisted number.