Colorado officials are investigating whether Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., violated laws by reimbursing herself more than $22,000 from her campaign before paying off $20,000 in state tax liens.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser's office told The Denver Post on Wednesday that it referred a complaint accusing Boebert of fraud to "appropriate agencies to evaluate the allegations and whether any legal actions are justified."
The Denver Post reported in February 2021 that Boebert paid herself more than $22,000 in mileage reimbursements, sparking questions from campaign finance watchdogs.
Candidates for federal office can reimburse themselves up to 57.5 cents per mile, meaning Boebert would have had to drive more than 38,000 miles — far more than the entire circumference of Earth — despite attending few publicly advertised events amid the pandemic.
American Muckrakers PAC, a group that recently helped spread embarrassing photos and videos of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., before his primary defeat, filed a complaint to Weiser earlier this month.
Deputy Attorney General Janet Drake told David Wheeler, the group's president, that the department would work with the Colorado Department of Revenue and Department of Labor and Employment "to investigate the issue," according to The New York Times.
"Colorado deserves more than an irresponsible, loudmouth member of Congress," Wheeler told the outlet. "Maybe it's time for Boebert to look for another line of work."
Boebert, the owner of Shooters Grill, faced eight tax liens from the Department of Labor and Employment totaling about $20,000 between 2016 and 2020 for failing to pay unemployment premiums.