A former Boise jet-boat maker who prosecutors said took customers’ money, spent it on himself and never built their boats has agreed to plead guilty to counts of wire fraud and bank fraud.
The plea agreement for Christopher Bohnenkamp was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise, just weeks before Bohnenkamp was scheduled to stand trial on allegations that he took millions of dollars for boats he never built.
Bohnenkamp owned Treasure Valley Marine and Bohnenkamp’s Whitewater Customs in Boise. The Idaho Statesman first reported in 2015 that he had taken former customers’ money without fulfilling their orders, then moved to New York to start a new business. The customers had each given Bohnenkamp five- and six-figure sums to build their boats.
The Statesman also discovered Bohnenkamp previously had operated a similar boat company, then filed for bankruptcy after being sued over unpaid bills.
Prosecutors had prepared to show evidence that Bohnenkamp spent the money on a lavish lifestyle,…
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