LITTLE ROCK — Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state $10,973 for improper reimbursements he received while in office, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK — Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state $10,973 for improper reimbursements he received while in office, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday.


The state Division of Legislative Audit found last year that Darr had improperly collected reimbursement for some expenses, most of them travel expenses for trips from his home in Springdale to work in Little Rock. State law prohibits constitutional officers from receiving travel reimbursements from their homes to the state Capitol.


McDaniel previously suggested the state could file a lawsuit if Darr did not repay the money, but he said Thursday that would not be necessary.


"Darr provided the attorney general’s office with a check for the entire amount today, thus resolving the matter without a need for litigation," he said.


Darr, a Republican who was elected in 2010, is now an employee of the Crain Hyundai auto dealership in Springdale. He did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.


Darr resigned Feb. 1 after the state Ethics Commission fined him $11,000 for 11 violations of state campaign finance and disclosure laws. In statements at the time, Darr attributed the violations to faulty record-keeping and misinterpretations of state laws.


Ethics Commission Executive Director Graham Sloan said Thursday that Darr is paying his fine in monthly installments of $1,000 and has three payments left.


Before being elected lieutenant governor, Darr was a restaurant owner with no previous political experience. He announced as a candidate for the 4th District congressional seat last year but dropped out of the race after his ethics problems came to light.


Earlier this year, the state Legislature authorized Gov. Mike Beebe to leave the lieutenant governor’s office vacant until it is filled in the November general election, avoiding the need for a special election.