National Park Service Manager Bought $2,297 in Items With Government Charge Card—Then Pawned Them

By CNSNews.com Staff | July 10, 2019 | 11:20am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - A National Park Service Facility Manager used a government charge card to buy approximately $2,297 in merchandise that he then pawned, according to a summary of the case released by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior.

The government employee was sentenced to one day in jail.

“The OIG investigated allegations that a National Park Service (NPS) Facility Manager stole NPS funds, abused his purchase card authority, misused a Government Owned Vehicle (GOV), and concealed criminal convictions to gain NPS employment,” said the summary.

“We confirmed the allegations,” said the IG’s summary.

“The employee spent approximately $2,975 on his Government purchase card to purchase items he later pawned,” said the summary, which was posted on June 18.

“We also learned that the employee leased roll-away dumpsters with Federal funds, partially to discard personal items,” it said.

“The employee also regularly used a GOV for personal errands,” it said. “Finally, we found that prior to his employment, the employee falsified his application to the NPS by failing to disclose three criminal convictions.

“The employee pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor theft in county court, was sentenced to 1 day in jail, and was ordered to pay full restitution,” it said. “He resigned from the NPS in lieu of termination.”

 

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