Kristi Noem under investigation for using state plane to visit her son’s high school prom and other personal events

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem is being investigated for her alleged use of a state-owned plane to ferry her to personal events, ABC News reports.

One of those events was her son’s prom, according to the report.

The South Dakota ethics board has handed over its evidence to the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation. Now, a county prosecutor will determine if she violated any travel laws.

From The Daily Beast:

Noem spent $3,700 in taxpayer funds to take a last-minute trip home to see her son go to his high school prom. She also reportedly used the state plane to attend six out-of-state political events, including those organized by the National Rifle Association and Turning Point USA, and also brought family members along with her.

A county prosecutor overseeing the investigation will see if Noem violated a 2006 law designed to prevent use of the state plane for personal reasons.

ABC News reports that the law imposes a fine of $1,000 plus 10 times the cost of the travel. She could also face a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of a 30-day jail sentence, “but that is usually only reserved for repeat or violent offenders,” according to ABC News.

Read the full report over at ABC News

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