Keep an eye on commissioners’ credit card use

Posted by administrator | 15/02/12 | Tagged Credit Card

Keep an eye on commissioners’ credit card use
News from Tampabay.com:

The Pinellas County Commission sensibly voted 5-1 this week to adopt a more stringent policy regarding the use and oversight of government-issued credit cards that each commissioner carries. The lone holdout? Commissioner Norm Roche, of course, whose irresponsible expenditures with his county-issued credit card prompted his colleagues to create the tougher policy.

Roche ran into trouble with his government credit card when he cavalierly used it to pay $ 250 to a private company to clear away debris at an abandoned home, a violation of the county charter and the county’s purchasing policies. But he also bypassed government purchasing policies to use his card to spend $ 2,605 at a local consignment shop for his office furniture. Only Roche doesn’t understand the obvious problem.

Under the new rules, the card will be used only for travel expenses on official business and registration for training seminars. The commission would have the final say in determining whether a board member abused his or her government credit card. Commissioners found in violation of the new policy could have their card taken away and be required to reimburse the county. The commission could start now by sending Roche a bill for $ 2,855.

Roche complained a commissioner had slandered him and invited a grand jury to determine whether he has broken any laws. That’s tempting but unn…………… continues on Tampabay.com

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Woman accused of using elderly victims credit card

Posted by administrator | 15/02/12 | Tagged Credit Card

Woman accused of using elderly victims credit card
News from Shreveport Times:

A Shreveport woman sits behind bars accused of using an elderly woman’s personal information and credit card to obtain $ 13,000 in cash.

According to the Sheriff’s office, April Metcalf, 39, of the 2400 block of Amelia was arrested by Caddo deputies Monday, and charged with exploitation in connection with the illegal use of a 73 year-old woman’s information to obtain and use a credit card.

Metcalf reportedly charged 1,300 on the card. Later, Metcalf obtained Power of Attorney over the victim and used another of the elderly woman’s cards to obtain a $ 13,000 loan.

Metcalf also allegedly attempted to obtain another loan of $ 1,500, but the loan was declined.

Metcalf was arrested by Sheriff’s Detective Bobby Herring. She was booked into Caddo Correctional Center on charges of exploitation of the infirm.

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I was recently treated pretty shabbily by a major airline — which I won’t name — and I’d really like to dump their credit card and start building miles on another airline. Problem is that the card is my oldest card and I don’t want to hurt my credit or lose miles by dumping it. I could just keep it open and not use i…………… continues on CreditCards.com

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