Friday, January 18, 2008

Georgia Govt Credit Card Investigation


Pornography, tattoos, concerts, dating services — you name it, state and local employees have charged it and taxpayers have paid for it.

A Journal-Constitution analysis of more than four million transactions on government purchasing cards in the last three years reveals a program that has morphed from a simple way for workers to buy office supplies into a spending spree on track to hit $370 million this year.

There are now more than 23,000 cards floating around the state. State, city and county employees used the cards to buy hundreds of thousands of items, from mattresses to jewelry, the records show.