Militia group founder charged with 19 counts of grand theft

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The founder of a militia group known as 3% of Idaho has been accused of keeping nearly $87,000 in rent payments meant for clients from 2013 to 2016.

Multiple news outlets reported Tuesday that 43-year-old Brandon Curtiss of Payette was charged with 19 counts of grand theft.

He was arrested Tuesday and is being held on a $150,000 bond in the Ada County jail.

The Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says Curtiss collected rent payments on behalf of property owners through his business Curtiss Property Management and Liberty Property Management Company.

He then allegedly failed to give the rent money he collected to the 19 property owners, including two in the Portland, Oregon, area.

Curtiss is set to make his first court appearance Wednesday. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.