AP: Senator must return mileage money

2011-10-03T16:23:00Z 2012-02-22T15:02:31Z AP: Senator must return mileage money Twin Falls Times-News
October 03, 2011 4:23 pm

Here's an interesting story by John Miller of The Associated Press about a state senator who now needs to return at least $2,402 for inappropriately reimbursed daily mileage pay:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Republican senator must return at least $2,402 to Idaho after he was inappropriately reimbursed for daily mileage between the Capitol and his Nampa home because he said he was spending nights during the legislative session sleeping on a couch in his Boise office.

Sen. Curt McKenzie must repay the money for 2010 and 2011 sessions, though state officials are trying to determine if McKenzie must repay mileage reimbursements for previous years.

The Associated Press discovered the errors while reporting on a story about how McKenzie and Republican Sen. John McGee of Caldwell billed taxpayers $122 per day for a second residence during the Legislature. McKenzie told The AP he was sleeping on his law office couch, while McGee acknowledged he was staying at his parents' home in Boise.

That amounted to more than $6,400 in extra pay apiece during the 2011 session.

McKenzie said Monday he wasn't aware he was also getting the mileage reimbursement and never asked for the money.

``I did not realize that I was getting that in addition to the housing allowance. I didn't realize they'd been sending both. That was missed by staff, as well,'' McKenzie said. ``I will reimburse that ($2,402) amount, as well as (additional money) if there were prior years.''

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  1. Scott Nicholson
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    Scott Nicholson - October 03, 2011 6:49 pm
    I don't understand why politicians aren't charged with fraud when what they've done is steal public money. I'm sick and tired of them blaming their staff. They're responsible. Politicians who misuse public funds should receive double penalties in my opinion.
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