Treasurer’s credit card expenses highest among elected Sedgwick County officials
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Treasurer Linda Kizzire used her work credit card more than any other elected Sedgwick County official during the past two years, violated a policy about meals twice and wrote nine memos explaining receipts that she lost or that did not match her credit card statements, records show.

Kizzire charged $ 13,351 to her county credit card from Jan. 13, 2011, through Sept. 11, 2012. The county also reimbursed her $ 2,666 for mileage and other travel expenses during that time, records show.

By comparison, former treasurer Ron Estes put $ 3,282 on his credit card in 2008 and $ 4,478 in 2009.

Kizzire traveled to conferences across the country, ate at steakhouses such as Ruth’s Chris and McCormick & Schmick’s, took employees to lunch, sent 25 staff members to a motivational seminar and treated staff to chocolates and nuts.

After a reporter asked her if she knew she had violated a policy that states that “meals or snacks purchased by county staff for county staff while in Sedgwick County are generally not allowed,” Kizzire last week wrote a check for $ 90.97 to reimburse the county.

“If there was an issue, they should have said something then,” Kizzire said, referring to the finance department. “I did not know that was not acceptable.”

Records show Kizzire signed a “credit card purchase certification” document at least 18 times that stated…………… continues on

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Ginny Vanderlinde of Federal Way looked forward to treating her son to a trip to Turkey to celebrate his high-school graduation.

She took all the right steps to make sure she had a backup source of cash to get them through a 17-day adventure.

In addition to having enough funds in her Boeing Employees Credit Union account to withdraw cash at ATMs abroad, she loaded $ 1,000 onto a prepaid AAA Visa TravelMoney card, issued by South Dakota-based MetaBank.

Designed to replace traveler’s checks, prepaid cards work like debit cards, meaning you can use them either to withdraw cash from an ATM or make a purchase.

Vanderlinde says the auto club assured her the card would work in Turkey, but when she arrived and tried to withdraw cash, all systems failed.

Turkey, as it turns out, is on a list of “high risk” countries where MetaBank blocks the use of prepaid cards due to government warnings about money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Vanderlinde called the bank, and was told “that card does not work in Turkey.” Luckily, her BECU debit card was working fine. (The restrictions apply only to prepaid cards.)

AAA’s website ( includes a list of excluded countries, so either the clerk who helped Vanderlinde made a mistake or the list changed between the ti…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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