Public paid for hotel tied to prostitute report

Published on February 09, 2018 at 07:43AM

Records from Utah’s House of Representatives show taxpayer funds were used to pay for at least two hotel stays that a lawmaker is alleged to have used to meet up with a prostitute.

British newspaper the Daily Mail reported Thursday that text messages provided by the prostitute were from former Republican Rep. Jon Stanard.

House Chief of Staff Greg Hartley told The Associated Press that the Legislature reimbursed Stanard for hotel stays at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Salt Lake City in June and August 2017.

The dates and hotel match the days and locations of the encounters being arranged in the text messages posted by the newspaper.

Stanard’s lawyer, Walter Bugden, declined to comment on the allegations and didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the hotel receipts.