Erika Benner http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Chip Flowers Fends off Charge About Football Game by Former Aide http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chip-flowers-fends-charge-about-football-game-former-aide <p>Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers may have bowed out of his re-election bid this year but he still has been forced to confront charge by his former.</p><p>Erika Benner says that Flowers attended a New England Patriots game on the taxpayer’s dime with her and used a Boston limo service for transportation.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that Flowers has previously denied attending the game with Benner.</p><p>But during his announcement that he was withdrawing from the race on Friday, he admitted that he had been at the sporting event.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:29:11 +0000 Don Rush 59695 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chip Flowers Fends off Charge About Football Game by Former Aide Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers Drops Re-Election Bid http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-treasurer-chip-flowers-drops-re-election-bid <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Embattled state treasurer Chip Flowers says he is ending his re-election campaign, just days after his former deputy filed a police complaint charging him with harassment.</p><p>Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with Delaware's Democratic Party establishment and faced a Sept. 9 primary contest, said Friday that he is quitting the race in a tear-filled announcement.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:45:58 +0000 Don Rush 59579 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers Drops Re-Election Bid GOP Calls for Delaware Treasurer To Step Down http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gop-calls-delaware-treasurer-step-down <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - The two Republican candidates for Delaware state treasurer are calling on incumbent Democrat Chip Flowers to resign after his former deputy accused him of harassment.</p><p>GOP candidates Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela issued statements Thursday calling for Flowers' resignation, saying his treatment of women is unacceptable.</p><p>Flowers refused to comment. His opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Sean Barney, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:04:07 +0000 Don Rush 59562 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net GOP Calls for Delaware Treasurer To Step Down Harrassment Complaint Filed Against Delaware Treasurer by Former Aide http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/harrassment-complaint-filed-against-delaware-treasurer-former-aide <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police are investigating a harassment complaint filed against Delaware's state treasurer by his former deputy.</p><p>Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman confirmed Wednesday that police are investigating a complaint against Chip Flowers that was filed last week by Erika Benner.</p><p>The complaint was filed a month after Benner first told police that Flowers had been harassing her with texts and phone calls. She says they related to an incident between Flowers and her son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:45:16 +0000 Don Rush 59491 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Harrassment Complaint Filed Against Delaware Treasurer by Former Aide Key Documents to be Released in Flowers Reimbursement Controversey http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/key-documents-be-released-flowers-reimbursement-controversey <p>Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is scheduled to release key travel documents today about a trip he took with his former deputy state treasurer Erika Benner to Alaska for a meeting of state treasurers.</p><p>During the four day conference the two took a sight seeing tour of some Alaskan parks.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal raised questions about whether the taxpayers may ahve pad for those excursions.</p><p>Flowers has denied taht taxpayers were asked to pay for those trips.</p><p>The documents will released at a news conference at the treasury office in Dover.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:50:16 +0000 Don Rush 44604 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Key Documents to be Released in Flowers Reimbursement Controversey Delaware Treasurer: No Taxpayer Money for Side Trip http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-treasurer-no-taxpayer-money-side-trip <p>Delaware State Treasurers Chip Flowers says Delaware taxpayers did not pay for the excursion with his deputy to a national park in Alaska.</p><p>Flowers and his then-deputy, Erika Benner, did bill the state for extra days spent in Alaska after the National Association of State Treasurers conference in Anchorage in September of 2012.</p><p>The Delaware official says he met with bankers, financial experts and other state treasurers.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:12:02 +0000 Don Rush 43806 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Treasurer: No Taxpayer Money for Side Trip Handling of Credit Card Scandal by Delaware's Top Financial Official Questioned http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/handling-credit-card-scandal-delawares-top-financial-official-questioned <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are questioning how Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers has handled a review of questionable charges made by his former deputy on her state credit card before she was forced to resign.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports state records show former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner charged more questionable expenses than initially reported. Some of the expenses were for travel with Flowers when he made similar charges for trips to Washington, D.C., Seattle and Alaska.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:32:47 +0000 Don Rush 42476 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Handling of Credit Card Scandal by Delaware's Top Financial Official Questioned Delaware Treasurer Accepts Resignation of Erika Benner http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-treasurer-accepts-resignation-erika-benner <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state treasurer has accepted the resignation of his top deputy following her repeated unauthorized use of a state credit card.</p><p>Treasurer Chip Flowers said Monday that he has accepted Erika Benner's request to be removed from her position as deputy state treasurer.</p><p>The News-Journal of Wilmington reported over the weekend that Benner had racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card, including more than $1,000 for football tickets and private car service to a New England Patriots game.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:37:57 +0000 Don Rush 39670 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Treasurer Accepts Resignation of Erika Benner Delaware Treasury Official Racks Up Thousands in Expenses http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-treasury-official-racks-thousands-expenses <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) – The Delaware deputy state treasurer racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal says Erika Benner’s expenses include more than $1,000 for football tickets and private car service to a New England Patriots game.</p><p>Benner has been out on short-term disability to seek treatment for an undisclosed medical condition. She was questioned about the charges in June by Finance Department officials.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:07:56 +0000 Don Rush 39657 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Treasury Official Racks Up Thousands in Expenses