Former Oxford Visitors and Convention Bureau Employee Abused Credit Card and Petty Cash Fund
Columbus – Taxpayers picked up the tab for a former employee’s days of pampering and parking tickets, according to an audit of the Oxford Visitors and Convention Bureau released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. Findings for recovery in the audit total more than $9,500.
“Just because you’re in possession of the credit card doesn’t mean it’s yours to use for a shopping spree,” Auditor Yost said. “Under no circumstances should taxpayers ever have to foot the bill for trips to the salon.”
In May 2012, members of the board approached Executive Director Diana Durr about personal purchases made with the bureau’s credit card. From January 1, 2008 through May 25, 2012, auditors found 90 purchases totaling $4,261 made by Durr that were not made for proper public purposes. Examples of purchases include haircuts and styling, manicures, pet food and pet supplies, veterinary bills, personal medical bills, alcohol, and women’s clothing. Durr also admitted that an additional 46 purchases totaling $3,070 that lacked documentation were personal charges she made. A finding for recovery in the amount of $7,331 was issued against Durr. For these improper charges, a balance of $2,130 remains unpaid to date.
Durr also used other bureau funds, such as petty cash, to make $2,426 in personal and unsupported purchases. The money went towards things such as parking tickets, CD’s, magazines, etc. She also made out several checks to ‘Cash,’ and did not include supporting documentation. A finding for recovery in the amount of $2,426 was issued against Durr.
Upon the confrontation by the board, Durr submitted a letter of resignation on May 25, 2012. On May 30, the board accepted her resignation. The findings in this audit are being forwarded to the Butler County Prosecutor.
A full copy of this audit can be found online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,700 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.