Police officer Beau Babka, who unsuccessfully ran for Salt Lake County Sheriff last year and previously ran for U.S. Congress, is under criminal investigation by the district attorney’s office for allegedly using his city-issued credit card to repeatedly purchase gasoline for his personal vehicles.
The Salt Lake Tribune called him one of the most high-profile law enforcement officers in the state of Utah for the last two decades.
Babka made the frequent and suspicious purchases, as often as twenty minutes apart. Records released by Salt Lake City suburb Cottonwood Heights, showed Babka made 27 gas purchases between Nov. 11 and Dec. 29, the period under review by the county DA.
The records showed that Babka purchased gas multiple times on four days. On Nov. 29, he purchased 7.3 gallons in Draper, where he lives, at 11:01 a.m., and then another 12.2 gallons at the same station twenty minutes later.
On Dec. 12, he bought gas on three occasions: once in the morning in Cottonwood Heights, then twice that evening in Draper, 18 minutes apart.
Babka, a Republican, ran on the Democratic ticket for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. He previously served as police chief in South Salt Lake City and as undersheriff to current Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. Babka is an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice program at Salt Lake Community College.
Babka has been put on leave pending the investigation.