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8:24 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Chip Flowers Cleared in Harassment Complaint

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state Treasurer Chip Flowers has been cleared of accusations that he harassed his former deputy.

Dover police spokesman Mark Hoffman says investigators cleared Flowers after looking into a claim that he had harassed former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner with unwanted texts and phone calls.

Benner filed the harassment complaint after an encounter between Flowers and her 16-year-old son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.

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9:29 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Chip Flowers Fends off Charge About Football Game by Former Aide

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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.

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.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Flowers has previously denied attending the game with Benner.

But during his announcement that he was withdrawing from the race on Friday, he admitted that he had been at the sporting event.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers Drops Re-Election Bid

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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.

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.

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10:04 am
Fri August 15, 2014

GOP Calls for Delaware Treasurer To Step Down

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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.

GOP candidates Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela issued statements Thursday calling for Flowers' resignation, saying his treatment of women is unacceptable.

Flowers refused to comment. His opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Sean Barney, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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8:45 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Harrassment Complaint Filed Against Delaware Treasurer by Former Aide

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police are investigating a harassment complaint filed against Delaware's state treasurer by his former deputy.

Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman confirmed Wednesday that police are investigating a complaint against Chip Flowers that was filed last week by Erika Benner.

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.

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9:50 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Key Documents to be Released in Flowers Reimbursement Controversey

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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.

During the four day conference the two took a sight seeing tour of some Alaskan parks. 

The Wilmington News Journal raised questions about whether the taxpayers may ahve pad for those excursions.

Flowers has denied taht taxpayers were asked to pay for those trips.

The documents will released at a news conference at the treasury office in Dover.

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9:12 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Delaware Treasurer: No Taxpayer Money for Side Trip

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Delaware State Treasurers Chip Flowers says Delaware taxpayers did not pay for the excursion with his deputy to a national park in Alaska.

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.

The Delaware official says he met with bankers, financial experts and other state treasurers.

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9:32 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Handling of Credit Card Scandal by Delaware's Top Financial Official Questioned

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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.

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.

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12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Delaware Treasurer Accepts Resignation of Erika Benner

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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.

Treasurer Chip Flowers said Monday that he has accepted Erika Benner's request to be removed from her position as deputy state treasurer.

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.

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9:07 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Delaware Treasury Official Racks Up Thousands in Expenses

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – The Delaware deputy state treasurer racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card.

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.

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.

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