Successor to Superintendent Heffner misused school credit card
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By  Joe Vardon

The Columbus Dispatch Thursday August 9, 2012 5:12 PM

The man who will at least temporarily succeed outgoing state Superintendent Stan Heffner was caught using a school district credit card for personal expenses when he was superintendent of Perry Local Schools in Lake County in 2010.

Michael L. Sawyers, currently a deputy state superintendent who was hired at the Department of Education in 2010, will serve as “acting superintendent” as of 5 p.m. Friday. He used a district credit card to purchase “food, alcohol, gas, a scenic tour and souvenirs” worth $ 858.19, according to the meeting minutes for Perry’s board of education from May, 2010. The minutes also say Sawyers “ purchased gift cards during a band trip to Disney for students and chaperones to use for meals and … used a gift card for personal use.”

Sawyers admitted it was a mistake and repaid the school, according to the minutes. He was reprimanded but not fired for the action, which he attributed to getting his personal and school credit card mixed up.

“They’re the same color… and I just wasn’t paying attention,” Sawyers told The Dispatch in explainin…………… continues on Columbus Dispatch

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Sacramento City Council expected to OK outside audit of credit card use
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As the criminal probe into questionable credit card use at City Hall moves along, the City Council is expected today to fund an external audit of credit card transactions by the mayoral and council offices.

Based on a list provided Friday by the city, it appears that roughly a dozen employees in the council offices have active credit cards.

There’s at least one card in every council office, but no employees in Mayor Kevin Johnson’s office have cards, according to the city.

Council members want to hire an external auditor to look at their credit card use because the city auditor answers to the council and having him conduct the inquiry would represent a conflict of interest.

Council members Angelique Ashby, Jay Schenirer and Darrell Fong are the only elected officials with credit cards.

Fong has already made public his credit card statements and those of two staff members.

The charges include purchases of produce to help promote and launch a new farm stand in Valley Hi, office supplies and tickets for charitable events.

Interest in a council audit stems from the news last month that former mayoral aide Lisa Serna-Mayorga had resigned after it was discovered she had allegedly made $ 9,000 in personal charges on her city-issued credit card.

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Starwatch Consumer | Credit card usage drops; late mortgage payments hit low
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Americans cut back on credit card use in June, but total consumer borrowing increased as many took out loans to buy cars and attend school. Total consumer borrowing rose by $ 6.5 nillion in June from May to $ 2.58 trillion, the Federal Reserve said. Credit card debt fell $ 3.7 billion to $ 865 billion.

Meanwhile, credit reporting agency TransUnion reported that homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low. Still, the rate of decline remains slow, TransUnion said. About 5.49 percent of the nation’s mortgage holders were behind on their payments by 60 days or more in the April-to-June period, the agency said. That’s the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009. Starbucks to take Square paymentsCash moved one small step nearer to its deathbed with the announcement on Wednesday that Square, the mobile payments startup, would form a partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.This fall, Square will begin processing all credit and debit card transactions at Starbucks stores in the United States, and customers will be able to order a grande vanilla latte and charge it to their credit cards simply by saying their names. Starbucks has offered its own mobile payment app since last year and processes more than a million mobile payments a we…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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