I-Team: County Audit Uncovers Credit Card Abuse

LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team has poured over hundreds of pages of audit reports to bring you the most glaring examples of waste in local government. One of those examples involves a expensive refrigerator.

Employees entrusted with a company credit card know how difficult it would be to slip a personal expense past the boss. But when taxpayers are footing the bill, Clark County employees weren't only abusing credit cards, they were buying some pretty fancy things, according to an audit done by Clark County.

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Employees at the Clark County Reclamation District are enjoying their deluxe lunch room refrigerator that cost $1,700. When a county investigator realized they could have bought a fridge for $600, they picked the department apart.

"Since then, we've talked to the employee who submitted that purchase and the manager who approved it and believe me, that kind of thing will not occur again," Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said.

A county investigation also uncovered credit card abuse. Taxpayer funded cards are supposed to be used for emergency or travel expense. No emergencies could be found for purchases at Best Buy, Michael's, WalMart or Sam's Club.

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Nevada policy Research Institute reviewed the same county reports as the I-Team.

"Also, there were a lot of purchases made by the reclamation district for which they were not easily located, they were not inventoried, so auditors were worried that people were going out and purchasing things for personal use," said Geoff Lawrence, NPRI.

In some cases, county employees bought things and lost them. Ten tools worth $4,760 could not be located.

"Yeah, that's obviously inexcusable. This new procedure, is in place now, wouldn't allow that to happen," Pappa said.

The small expenses add up, but more alarmingly, investigators could not find enough receipts for a total amount of how much taxpayer money Clark County employees wasted.

 


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