House lawmaker’s son gets caught using dad’s government-paid Escalade

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Thank goodness for the break in. Otherwise, who would have known?

On Wednesday, the office of Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) said that the politician had repaid the U.S. Treasury $5,682 for his son’s use of a taxpayer-provided Cadillac Escalade.

Conyers son, John Conyers, III, was caught by accident when the government-paid vehicle he was improperly using was burglarized. At the time, he was using it as his personal vehicle, while working on a concert promotion.

The son, John Conyers III, 20, was using the SUV when it was broken into over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thieves made off with two laptop computers and $27,500 in concert tickets. The tickets were for the concert of a local rapper Big Sean, with whom the son is associated. The computers did not contain any sensitive government information.

A prepared statement released by Conyers said the payment was calculated as “the per diem cost to taxpayers for every day my son could conceivably had access to the vehicle. It is unlikely his usage was anywhere this high, but in abundance of caution, I want to sure there is no cost to taxpayers whatsoever for any possible nonofficial use of the car.”

The statement did say whether the son owned his own car, or the Escalade was his principal vehicle.

Members of Congress are allowed to lease a vehicle for use on official business in their district. Personal use, including campaign work or use by family members is not permitted. The cost of the lease is $1,252 per month and is paid for out of the $1.5 million allowance that he receives for staff salaries and office expenses.

The Detroit News

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