By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state nearly $11,000 for improper reimbursements he received that ultimately led to his resignation, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said Thursday.

The office said Darr repaid the state $10,973 for improper mileage reimbursements and other expenses he received that were identified by legislative auditors as improper last year. Darr, who resigned in February, did not immediately return a call Thursday. McDaniel’s office last month raised the possibility of a lawsuit if Darr didn’t repay the funds.

“Darr provided the attorney general’s office with a check for the entire amount today, thus resolving the matter without a need for litigation,” McDaniel’s office said in a news release.

Darr stepped down after facing calls for his resignation and threats of impeachment over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending. The Republican was first elected in 2010 and briefly ran for the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat before dropping out over the ethics issues.

Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said Darr has paid $8,000 of the $11,000 fine he was levied by the panel last year and is on schedule with a payment plan he worked out with the commission.

The lieutenant governor’s office has been vacant since Darr stepped down earlier this year. State lawmakers gave Gov. Mike Beebe authority to keep the office, which presides over the Arkansas Senate and casts the rare tie-breaking vote in the chamber, unoccupied rather than call a special election to fill it for a few months.

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