Subject of 4OYS investigation voted out of office

Posted at: 11/07/2012 6:51 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 9:47 PM
By: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News

Photo: Ray Begaye
Photo: Ray Begaye

A 4 On Your Side investigation into the shady dealings of one state representative gets results in the form of a landslide loss.

Over the past few months, KOB Eyewitness News investigative reporter Gadi Schwartz discovered representative Ray Begaye was ripping off taxpayers while traveling to out-of-state conferences and using his power to ask judges for favors.

There is still no word on whether Begaye will face charges, but the voters have spoken and Begaye has been voted out of office.

Begaye, who was the ranking member on the powerful Appropriations and Finance committee, lost in a landslide to Republican challenger Sharon Clahchischilliage.

the final count was 61 to 39.

A month before the election, KOB confronted Begaye after a 4 On Your Side investigation showed him billing taxpayers thousands of dollars for trips that were already being paid for by out-of-state conference planners.

KOB also showed Begaye also wrote official state letters to judges, asking for favorable treatment of his daughter in two different DWI cases.

Begaye may have also misused campaign funds.

A spokesperson for the attorney general's office said their investigation is still under review.