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LADWP may be audited over purchasing cards

November 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel plans to audit the Department of Water and Power over the use of purchasing cards.Two of its employees were charged with using their cards to divert $3 million into their own pockets.

Greuel said the purchasing card programs are used by agencies to promote an efficient, cost-effective way of purchasing small dollar items.

She said procedures needed to be put in place in order to guard against this kind of misuse and fraud.