Attorney General Investigating Ray Begaye For False Vouchers
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The Farmington Daily Times reports that the office of Attorney General Gary King is investigating State Representative Ray Begaye for possible violation of the state’s criminal statute prohibiting false statements to obtain payments from the state treasury. The investigation of Democrat Begaye of Shiprock comes on the heels of a report by investigative reporter Gadi Schwartz of KOB-TV revealing that Begaye submitted false invoices for mileage and per diem for attending an out of state conference. The conference had been sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislators. That organization covered all of Begaye’s expenses, including paying for a rental car he used to drive to the meeting. Begaye then sought mileage reimbursement, falsely claiming he had used his owned vehicle to drive to Arizona.
New Mexico Watchdog has learned that Begaye also attended conferences sponsored by the same organization in San Francisco, Sonoma and Palm Springs, California. He submitted mileage reimbursement requests to the state of New Mexico, claiming he had driven to those meetings from his Shiprock home. He may have been flown to those meetings at the expense of the sponsoring organization. Files on these trips have been removed by the Attorney General’s Office from the offices of the Legislative Council Services.