DeKalb’s government has struggled with allegations of purchasing card misuse against several officials.
Former Commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty last fall to bilking taxpayers of more than $100,000 following an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that identified $16,800 of personal expenses on her P-card, including family airline tickets, rental cars, cell phone charges and a ski resort booking.
Her former chief of staff, Bob Lundsten, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he used his taxpayer-backed purchasing card to buy about $200 to $300 worth of items at stores including Kroger and the UPS Store.
An audit of the county's P-card spending found lax oversight of the program and receipts missing for some expenses. The audit found that the DeKalb Board of Commissioners and its staff spent $257,170 on P-cards since 2006, and receipts were submitted for 57 percent of those transactions.