San Diego City Employees Regularly Misused Government Credit Cards


Nearly one in four audited credit card transactions made by city government employees failed to comply with San Diego city rules, according to data obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune.


From January 2017 through November 2019, 690 credit card purchases failed a review conducted by the city’s credit card administrator. Many employees failed to provide or properly fill out required documentation, or split up transactions to bypass monthly spending limits.


The purchases included city staff using taxpayer dollars to upgrade airline tickets. The randomly selected review found $316,400 in misuse of taxpayer dollars. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, February 9.)

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