- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Three Phoenix City Councilmen have asked the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to investigate whether tax dollars were misspent at the Valley Metro transit agency.

Councilmen Sal DiCiccio, Jim Waring and Michael Nowakowski all signed a letter Friday calling for the probe.

Valley Metro chief operating officer Stephen Banta is accused of receiving taxpayer-funded reimbursements for buying alcohol, flying first class and dining at fine restaurants.

Banta has been CEO of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s bus and light-rail systems since January 2010.

He has announced his resignation, effective in January.

The city already has asked for an independent audit, but the councilmen want the AG’s Office to look into the matter.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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