City worker arrested for use of city credit card

Posted by administrator | 25/08/12 | Tagged Credit Card

City worker arrested for use of city credit card
News from Las Cruces Sun-News:

Rene Garcia

LAS CRUCES — Police have arrested a city employee suspected of using his city-issued credit card to buy merchandise from a pool supply store for his personal use.

Rene Garcia, 36, of the 300 block of Las Parcelas Loop in Mesquite, N.M., was charged with one count of soliciting or receiving an illegal kickback, and one count of conspiracy to commit such a crime. Garcia was arrested Aug. 16 and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $ 10,000.

Detectives learned that Garcia, an employee with the city of Las Cruces for nine years and a certified swimming pool operator since August 2010, reportedly used a city-issue credit card to purchases merchandise for personal use from Discount Pools and Spas at 111 S. Roadrunner Parkway.

Detectives learned that in late May 2012 Garcia used his city-issue credit card to buy a $ 1,000 barbecue grill for his own use and that Discount Pools allegedly rang up the sale as “miscellaneous pool supplies/chemicals.” Detectives subsequently initiated a search wa…………… continues on Las Cruces Sun-News

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City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending
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August 25, 2012|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

Despite tightening school budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, Baltimore school administrators spent roughly $ 500,000 during the past year and a half on expenses such as a $ 7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel, $ 300-per-night stays at hotels, and a $ 1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club, credit card statements show.

City school officials defend the majority of the credit card expenditures — outlined in statements and receipts obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request — as “the cost of doing business,” saying only a handful of “outliers” show questionable judgment or disregard for taxpayer money.

“We are working around the clock to engage our partners and move our agenda forward,” said Tisha Edwards, chief of staff for the school system. “Every transaction has a business purpose in mind.”

Among those transactions were a $ 450-per-person office retreat at the downtown Hilton, during which the 16 employees of the Information Technology Departme…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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CREDIT CARDS: Debt rising, but delinquencies drop to near-record lows
News from ABA Banking Journal:

CREDIT CARDS: Debt rising, but delinquencies drop to near-record lows

Nonprime borrowers get a bigger slice of a bigger pie

Average credit card debt per borrower increased from $ 4,699 in the second quarter of 2011 to $ 4,971 in the quarter just ended–a rise approaching 6%. So says TransUnion, which notes that the new average is  still relatively low compared to the $ 5,719 average hit in the second quarter of 2009.

By Steve Cocheo, executive editor & digital content mgr.

The second quarter saw the national credit card delinquency rate fall to 0.63%, down ten percentage points from the first quarter, according to TransUnion’s latest figures.
TransUnion notes that this is the lowest level…………… continues on ABA Banking Journal

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Credit card lawsuits replay foreclosure mess – Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Credit card firms and collection companies are churning out slapdash lawsuits to collect unpaid sums, say exasperated consumer advocates and some judges.

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