Helena police investigating Stapleton’s use of state vehicle
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Helena Police Department is investigating Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton’s use of a state vehicle to travel to his family home in Billings.
Legislative auditors found Stapleton put nearly 28,000 miles on a state pickup truck to commute between Helena to Billings, a violation of state law that would be a misdemeanor.
The state Division of Criminal Investigation sent a letter to Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen on June 19 asking him to investigate the audit’s findings.
Hagen said Thursday the investigation was ongoing and would likely take a couple of weeks. Any findings would be turned over to the city attorney.
Deputy Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen repeatedly told the Legislative Audit Committee Wednesday that “the vehicle was used to telework.” Democratic Rep. Mary McNally said that explanation “strains credulity.”