LAUSD credit card statements are raising questions about what taxpayers' money is being used for. David Goldstein has the story.
Excerpt from CBS 2/Los Angeles Website Click HERE for CBS 2 Story
We got an education in math by going through LAUSD administrators' credit card statements. We found they were spending money. Lots and lots of money. Sometimes, $5 million a month, raising some serious questions.
Just think of your one- or two-page credit card statement at home, then multiply that by 1,700! That’s how many credit cards there are at LAUSD. Administrators spend it on computers, coffee, flowers, just about anything. We went through all these reports and found some interesting items.
$451 at the Sharper Image. $796 in yoga classes. $320 at this day spa in Valley Village. Over $1,600 on a company that sells U.S. Postal Service clothes and accessories. All taxpayers money. All questionable charges, according to the district’s inspector general.
''All of those would be violations of the procurement card use, some of them fraudulent.''
The inspector general's conducted an audit earlier this year and estimated $4 to 5 million dollars in fraud of misuse, including charges for electronics and computers that couldn’t be justified.
Often we couldn't find the merchandise when we went to look for it.
There were charges to collection agencies. Money transfers to Mexico. Even a cruise to San Francisco. Plus thousands of dollars in movie tickets and sporting events. Even if it was used for students, it's misuse of the card.
ZD: Um...EXCUSE ME, SOMEONE JUST CALLED MY CELL PHONE AND SAID THEY HEARD ON THE RADIO THEY REPORTED THESE CREDIT CARDS WERE ALSO USED FOR "MASSAGE PARLORS"!!!]
But the district’s business manager defends the program. “There is abuse in any system and we take a look at where we can find abuses and we correct policy as it needs to be corrected.” [WRONG ANSWER! YOU CANNOT WIN DEFENDING THIS BY SAYING, "THERE IS ABUSE IN ANY SYSTEM"! You are still in the denial and minimization stage. Even the mayor's people could have spun that better.]
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