Printed on: July 10, 2013

Ex-Rigby councilman waives hearing


RIGBY -- Former Rigby City Council President Lawrence Blackburn appeared in court Tuesday.

Blackburn was charged by the Idaho Attorney General's Office with two felonies -- insurance fraud and grand theft. The charges stem from his dealings with an elderly client, Margaret Orvick, through Lantech Financial, the private investment company he headed.

Blackburn waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and the court set his next appearance for 1:15 p.m. Aug. 5 before District Court Judge Gregory Moeller.

Blackburn was extradited to Rigby from Mesa, Ariz., in May.

He is free on a $5,000 bond.

Insurance fraud is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Grand theft is a crime punishable by one to 14 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Reporter Samuel Howard can be reached at 542-6746.

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