Hudson -- Rep. Kristina Daley Roegner has denied allegations by Ohio Democrats that she collected more than $4,600 in mileage reimbursements from the state while driving a car with expired tags.
"Kristina Roegner was driving back and forth from Columbus, collecting thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements from the taxpayers of Ohio, for 480 days without bothering to pay her vehicle registration fees," said Aaron Fisher, executive director of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, in a statement released Oct. 13.
The press release said the issue was discovered after Roegner was stopped in March for speeding.
Roegner admits she was stopped with an expired tag while driving one of her family cars. But she denies that she used that car to drive to Columbus or that she was speeding.
"There was no speeding involved whatsoever," Roegner said. "I was dropping my kids off at school in Hudson and a police officer pulled me over."
According to Stow Municipal Court records, Roegner was not charged with a speeding violation. An officer told Roegner she was missing her registration sticker on her license plate.
"It turns out he was right," she said. "I was missing the registration on my family car."
Roegner paid the fine and registered the car, she said.
"It was an innocent oversight and I fixed it immediately," Roegner said.
She also denied using the family car with expired plates for trips to her Columbus office.
"The car I use to take to Columbus is a different car. I have a little Ford Fiesta I bought in 2010 when I was elected," Roegner said.
Roegner also said mileage is calculated by the state, not individual reps.