Ron Crane, Idaho state treasurer, says he is "delighted" with a prosecutor's choice not to pursue criminal charges against him for using a state gas card for occasional personal use.
Crane's office has been under a routine audit for several months by the Legislative Services Office (LSO) and, in the process, Idaho Attorney General Lawerence Wasden alerted prosecutor Bryan Taylor, from Canyon County, of a possible conflict of interest concerning Crane's gas card bill, which totaled $7,900 between 2008 and 2010. Wasden asked that Taylor look into the use of the gas card.
Through this process, Crane has argued that he isn't a regular state employee, but one who is on call all day, every day, and therefore meets with people beyond just work and home.
LSO auditors discovered Crane was using a state credit card to fill up his personal vehicle without documenting travel, a possible violation of Idaho travel policies requiring precise records. The policies also do not allow officials to put state-purchased gasoline into private vehicles.
When the possibility of criminal charges first came about, Crane said he actually saves taxpayers money by fueling his personal vehicle with a state gas card.
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