Nonprofit’s credit card use also subject of police investigation
News from Sioux City Journal:

SIOUX CITY | An investigation into questionable credit card purchases by two employees of a before- and after-school program has prompted policy changes at the nonprofit agency that runs the program, the director said Friday.

Matt Ohman, interim executive director of Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, would not elaborate on the changes but said SHIP will alter the way agency credit cards are used.

Sioux City police are conducting an “open financial investigation” after a routine audit by SHIP found questionable credit card transactions traced to two employees of the Beyond the Bell program.

Ohman said Thursday the two employees no longer work for the program and that SHIP is conducting an internal investigation. He declined to provide additional details.

The Sioux City school district this year paid Beyond the Bell $ 80,000 in state and federal funds to provide services to at-risk students in all 17 of the district’s elementary schools, said Alison Benson, district spokeswoman.

She said it’s too early to know whether the district will look for a different agency to provide services next year.

“We are waiting (and) watching the investigation,” she said. “Right now we’re focusing on making sure that the services are provided this year, which Beyond the Bell has assured they will.”

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Disputing a Charge on Your Credit Card
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If you have ever disputed a charge with your debit or credit card company, you know what a potent weapon this type of complaint can be.

The card issuer generally takes your word against the merchant or service provider at the outset, restores the money to your bank account temporarily or issues a credit and then goes about its investigation. It essentially demands that the merchant or service provider who supposedly did you wrong prove that it did no wrong at all.

But if you have never wielded this power tool of consumerism, there are a few things you should know first. The cat and mouse game that goes on behind the scenes can be tilted much more — or much less — in your favor, depending on which charges you dispute and how you go about disputing them.

Chances are you will need to use the dispute process sooner or later. We live in a world where you often cannot use cash to buy cocktails on an airplane and any individual can attach a card reader to a smartphone and accept card payments from anyone else. Mistakes will inevitably be made.

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