Idaho Treasurer Crane refuses to answer questions about audit

Idaho Treasurer Crane refuses to answer questions about audit
Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane is shown in his office at the state Capitol in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Crane plans to ask family members of government officials who go along on annual trips to New York City in the future to reimburse the state for their own transportation if they add to the costs. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Treasurer Ron Crane refused to answer questions about why his office in 2008 shifted risk for tens of millions of securities to state taxpayers from city and local governments.

Crane, appearing Monday before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, wouldn't answer questions from Sen. Dean Cameron, a Republican from Rupert, about why his office made the transactions that inflated the securities' value by millions.

According to an audit released last week, Crane's "inappropriate" transfers have cost Idaho state taxpayers $10.2 million, though additional losses of millions more could come.

The state audit concluded Crane's office overrode internal controls and unnecessarily exposed state money to "disproportionate risk."

Crane declined to answer reporters' questions Monday, with staff contending the matter was too complex.

Crane contends his office did a "yeoman's job" shepherding taxpayer money.