TREASURE VALLEY — Ada County Sheriff officials are conducting a criminal inquiry into the wife of Nampa Sen. Curt McKenzie for allegedly misrepresenting herself to prison inmates as an attorney, Sheriff spokeswoman Andrea Dearden confirmed Tuesday.
Renee McKenzie said Tuesday she didn’t know anything about the investigation.
“I’ve heard nothing,” Renee McKenzie said. “I’m not going to comment on this because there’s really nothing to comment on.”
Curt McKenzie, a Republican, said Renee was no longer working at his law office. He said the first he heard of the investigation is when a reporter called him Tuesday.
“If there’s an investigation, it’s not something that we could comment on while it was going on,” he said.
Renee McKenzie made news earlier this month after Idaho Department of Correction documents showed she and Lance Wood, a man serving two life sentences for first-degree murder, discussed getting married and starting a private investigation business together when he is released.
Dearden declined to verify if the investigation and the Wood case are related. Wood is suing the Idaho Department of Correction for sexual harassment.
Renee McKenzie served as Wood’s court-appointed legal assistant from November to Feb. 14. She was allowed in-person visitations with Wood at the Idaho State Correctional Institution in Kuna until those visitations were suspended.
On April 8, a federal judge ruled Renee McKenzie overstepped her role in her capacity as legal assistant to Wood as the relationship between the two became inappropriate, documents stated.
According to court documents, Renee McKenzie identified herself as being from the McKenzie Law Offices and that prison officials “mistakenly believed that Ms. McKenzie was working under the direction of her husband,” and that she had been given “virtually unfettered” access to Wood.