Boice Jet Boat Facts – Exoneration
Below you will find excerpts from the Medford Mail Tribunes report of the investigation of Boice Jet Boats. This is the story on the investigation not the outcome.
The outcome of the investigations was that there were no charges filed – no arrests by any law enforcement agency.
We did lose our business due to being shut down for many months for the investigation which we fully cooperated with. 26 employees lost family wage jobs and all vendors and customers were made whole. No one was ever charged for any violation but there was a high price paid.
By JACK MORAN, Mail Tribune Writer
Posted Sep. 10, 2004 at 2:00 AM
Updated Dec 18, 2010 at 8:21 AM
Central Point-based boat maker Boice Jet is the subject of a police investigation alleging it falsified identification numbers on dozens of used boats, then resold them as new.
Early Thursday, more than a dozen Jackson County sheriff’s deputies went to Boice Jet in the 5800 block of Crater Lake Highway and served a search warrant at the business.
Sheriff’s marine investigator Tom Turk said business owner Court Boice was present and cooperative during the search. Deputies seized business records and other evidence, Turk said.
No arrests have been made in connection with the investigation, which police say involves allegations of fraud and theft. A prosecutor from the Oregon Department of Justice has been assigned to the case, Turk said. (Clarification from Court: In addition the U.S. Dept. of Justice also did an investigation – again no charges were ever filed).
During an afternoon news conference with local media, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters distributed photographs of Court Boice and his son Justin, co-owner of the business. Police stopped short of calling them suspects in the case, which remains under investigation.
Court Boice served eight years on the Oregon State Marine Board before stepping down from the governor-appointed position in June. (Clarification from Court: I completed two 4 year terms, after only missing one meeting in 8 years. I stepped down in June because my term was completed in June)
He said late Thursday that he was still unaware of the allegations, and refused to answer questions about his possible involvement in the investigation. (Clarification from Court: I declined speaking to reporters not to investigators – hard to speak to charges never filed).
(Police) showed up with a search warrant and said they needed to go through various business files, Boice said. I am very concerned about my employees and customers.
State marine board Administrator Paul Donheffner said he had heard there was some sort of investigation involving Boice Jet, but that the allegations were an unexpected development.
“It does come as a surprise”, Donheffner said. “Court is a stellar guy … I have a hard time believing Court participated in any illegal behavior. I don’t believe it is in his character”.
The most painful thing I ever experienced in my life was watching those 26 Boice Jet Boats employees pack their personal gear and bring their families to say a sad, good-bye and head out looking for new jobs.
In life, there can be substantial suffering that comes when falsely accused. However, what I learned during that time further shaped my character and was invaluable.
I have to say thank you again to those family and friends who stayed with me and never wavered in their belief in my character and innocence. You helped me in overcoming this unfortunate situation.
The Exoneration that finally came was bittersweet as there were obviously no arrests and no charges ever filed. Overall, I lost just short of one million dollars. My friends would verify that I stood tall through the entire two years.
If any Curry County Citizens have questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to call me. I understand there have been rumors cast about without solid bases, I hope this text helps dispel those who trade in false rumors.