DELAWARE - The Delaware Deputy State Treasurer, Erika Benner, has resigned, after it was revealed she used her state-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases.
In a statement, Benner said she takes full responsibility, and apologizes for the decisions she made during a "difficult time."
State officials say Benner ultimately reimbursed the Delaware for all charges.
Ms. Benner, who had served as deputy state treasurer since January 2011, submitted the request in a letter "I take full responsibility and apologize for the decisions I made during a very difficult time in my life and am grateful for the support you and your team provided me," her letter to the state treasurer stated. "I do not wish to serve as a distraction to the integral work of the Treasury and the accomplishments of your administration in fighting for the principles that inspired me to public service – excellence, honor and ideas that can improve the lives of people."
State Treasurer Chip Flowers stated, "While I certainly do not condone and strongly condemn the actions that resulted in Ms. Benner's request, I am grateful that she has accepted full responsibility for her actions during this difficult period in her personal life, including full repayment of the amounts improperly charged to her state credit card (including interest). We are appreciative of her work in this office, which includes increasing the market value of the state's $2 billion investment portfolio by over $30 million during her tenure. Though the road will be difficult, I hope that she can one day redeem herself in the hearts of Delawareans. I wish her well."