Two mayors in Texas resign after being accused of taxpayer abuse to pay more than $ 1,000 for tickets to see Michelle Obama
- Forest Hill Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro-Tem Beckie Duncan Hayes stopped on Wednesday
- They were accused of abusing city funds to buy two $ 545 tickets to see Michelle Obama in Dallas on her book tour Becoming
- They presented the costs for the tickets and these were approved by the city manager
- The two women later paid back the money after they were accused of misuse of tax money
- The couple, claiming they did not do anything wrong, resigned before they could be expelled by their fellow councilors
Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
The mayor and mayor pro-tem of a city in Texas have both resigned after being accused of abusing funds to pay more than $ 1,000 for tickets to see Michelle Obama.
Forest Hill Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro-Tem Beckie Duncan Hayes stopped on Wednesday before they could be ousted by their fellow councilors.
Thomas and Hayes were both reimbursed for two $ 545 tickets to see the former First Lady in Dallas as part of her national & # 39; Becoming & # 39; book tour.
They charged the costs and it was approved by the city manager of Forest Hill.
Mayor Lyndia Thomas (right) and mayor pro-tem Beckie Duncan Hayes (left) from Forest Hill, Texas quit Wednesday after being accused of misusing money to buy two $ 545 tickets to see Michelle Obama
Hayes, who bought the two tickets, received a refund test from the city's PR fund.
But later, she paid back the money after she had come under attack by an audit committee of a citizen who had decided to investigate how officials spent money from the taxpayer.
The committee marked the $ 1091.92 check and claimed it was an abuse of money.
Other council members agreed with the citizen audit committee and had scheduled a meeting to oust Thomas and Hayes.
The couple, who claim that they have done nothing wrong, resigned before the meeting.
Thomas and Hayes were both reimbursed for two $ 545 tickets to see the former First Lady in Dallas as part of her national & # 39; Becoming & # 39; book tour
I will not hand my lot into the hands of other individuals & # 39 ;, Hayes told WWFA after her resignation.
I am a woman of integrity, and the accusations, they have no content. They are false. & # 39;
Became: She earned a record advance for her first novel after Penguin Random House had secured her and Barack Obama's memoirs after the White House for $ 60 million
Thomas said that they did not try to conceal anything and believe that they were the target for political reasons.
We do not receive a salary, but we are entitled to reimbursement of our expenses, & # 39; said Thomas.
& # 39; We're not trying to hide anything. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama came under fire from some of her fans last year because of the exorbitant ticket prices for her tour.
Tickets started at $ 29.50, but most of them were picked up within minutes of being sold.
It meant that the only remaining goods that came with VIP treatment cost anything from $ 500 to an unbelievable $ 6,000, a price unheard of in the publishing world.
It has exasperated many people about the brutality of pricing that barely & # 39; inclusion & # 39; is – something the former First Lady is an advocate for.
Obama also shattered the record for the biggest contract ever for a debut book.
She and her husband Barack Obama were paid $ 60 million for their memoirs after the White House after an intense bidding war that was eventually won by Penguin Random House.