Thursday, January 26, 2012

Idaho Treasurer Exonerated of State Gas Card Misuse

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Canyon County's prosecutor said today that no charges will be filed against Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane for using a state credit card to fill up his private vehicle, although Prosecutor Bryan Taylor did recommend that Crane keep better records when using state money for personal trips.

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Crane had charged his state gas card for nearly $7,000 of fuel for his personal car over the past three years, some for state business and some for his personal use. Legislative auditors asked the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office to look into the matter (given that Crane lives in Nampa).

Responding to today's announcement, Crane said Taylor had "validated" the usage of his private vehicle for travel to and from work.

"This practice has saved the Idaho taxpayers close to $35,000 since I turned in the state car in 2005," said Crane. "I do not need a state vehicle and I honestly question whether any state official does, especially during these tough economic times."

Crane said he had adopted Taylor's recommendations to keep a comprehensive record of state-driven miles in his personal vehicle.

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