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State Audit: Lt. Gov. Darr misspends around $12K, now must pay back

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr will have to pay around $12,000 back to the state, after a report comes out from the Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.

This comes after an audit found that travel and personal expense reimbursements were made to Darr, which violated some state travel regulations.

Committee House Chair Representative Kim Hammer said, the biggest lesson from this is making sure all persons holding office, or working in an office, be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations; to hopefully prevent something of this nature from happening again.

"It's all of our responsibility, that when we come into an office, there's a big learning curve for anybody, I don't care which office it is," said Hammer.

A state audit revealed Darr misused state funding for travel and personal expenses from January 2011 through last September.

-$9,298 in excess mileage reimbursement for over 22,000 personal vehicle miles

-$169 in mileage reimbursement in excess of the cost of coach class airfare

-$164 in mileage reimbursement to a former employee of Darr's office, traveling to Springdale from Little Rock to prove transportation for Darr, "whose vehicle was unavailable."

-$205 for lodging

"Some questionable expenditure practices, of which Lt. Darr came before the committee today and acknowledged that there was some error in the way which a couple matters were handled," added Hammer.

The audit report also shows $2,339 was charged on a state credit card for personal expenses. Hammer said, it's on record that Darr paid back $1,202 of that money spent.

However, despite Darr's claims that a check was written for the remaining balance, $1,137, back in 2012, the audit committee continues to search for the paper trail.

"The check was submitted to the state, but it was never processed," said Darr.

"There's a question of the check that he has given, where it is, and so we're going to the auditor of state where the check was turned in to...to find the location of the check," said Hammer.

Darr wouldn't go into much detail, but did say the reason why he hasn't paid the travel expenses portion back, is because he wanted to see the outcome of the audit's findings.

The audit report is now going to the prosecuting attorney's office for further review, as part of standard procedure.