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Georgia System's Investigation of Purchasing-Card Fraud Finds $350,000 Theft

January 21, 2008

An unnamed official at the Georgia Institute of Technology used a university purchasing card to steal as much as $350,000 over a six-year period, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today. The allegations are among 18 cases of fraud turned up in an investigation into the use and abuse of the cards — known as “p-cards” because of their use to streamline purchasing — by employees of the University System of Georgia. Twelve of the 18 cases involved Georgia Tech employees. Some 20,000 state workers over all use the cards in the $350-million-a-year program. A state audit last year found that the program operated with little oversight and was easily abused. A dozen college employees have quit or been dismissed as a result of findings by the investigation, which continues. —Andrew Mytelka