Fla. juvenile justice chief reimburses state

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.

TALLAHASSE, Fla. (AP) — The head of Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice has reimbursed the state $26,811 for travel expenses between Tallahassee and his home in St. Petersburg.

Secretary Frank Peterman wrote two checks totaling that amount to the department, agency spokesman Frank Penela said Monday.

Peterman's wife and children live in St. Petersburg and he's pastor of a church there.

He repaid the state after Gov. Charlie Crist's inspector general, Melinda Miguel, issued a report saying some of his travel expenses were excessive.

Crist ordered the investigation after the St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reported Peterman's expenses included penalties for last minute flight changes and expensive short-term parking.

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